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My 'Strictly' experience

Esther, School Reporter
St Aidans C of E Technology College in Poulton Le Fylde, Blackpool

School Reporters Esther, Jack and Emma from  St Aidans C of E Technology College in Poulton Le Fylde, Blackpool
School Reporters Esther, Jack and Emma waiting to interview Jade and Ali

The day dawned like every other. Mum shouting at me to get up and then, as usual, I had to run to catch the school bus. Little did I know how today would turn out. Today would be one of the best days of my life.

It all started during form time, when a very excited looking Mrs Marland and Mrs Nisbet walked in. With big smiles on their faces, they asked me whether I and two other students would like to go to the Tower Ballroom to interview the stars of Strictly Come Dancing.

Of course I jumped at the opportunity! I was ecstatic. All through Citizenship and Science lessons I couldn't stop smiling. The taxi was ordered for 12.00; I could barely wait!

Following break, Jack, Emma and I sat together in the library brainstorming questions to ask the celebrities. Eventually we thought of 12 questions which we placed in a rank order. By this time the taxi had arrived and we were on our way to the Tower.

Jade Johnson and Ian Waite with School Reporters Esther, Jack and Emma from St Aidans C of E Technology College in Poulton Le Fylde, Blackpool.
Jade and Ian danced the jive at Blackpool scoring 33.

When we arrived we were slightly early, so Miss Marland treated us to drinks in a fast food restaurant, where Emma and I did a piece to camera and had lots of pictures taken. At 1pm we had been instructed to meet Indy, the press officer, at the entrance of the Tower on the Promenade side.

Fame!

Instead of Indy, we met Betty from BBC Radio Lancashire, who was also reporting from the Tower. She promised to mention us in her first broadcast, which is a promise she kept. Indy phoned Miss Marland whilst we were talking to Betty, to say we were at the wrong entrance.

Finally we entered the Tower and were given an "access all areas" wristband, then taken through the ballroom into a side room. This was where all the journalists were conducting their interviews; as well as us there were journalists from Blackburn and The Blackpool Gazette. The lady from the Blackpool Gazette actually interviewed us as well and I appeared in Saturday's edition. Fame at last!

Celebrity waltz It felt odd going from being interviewed to interviewing. Jade Johnson and Ian Waite were really friendly and lovely to talk to. Emma even took the opportunity to dance with Ian. It was so exciting. This may be why Emma blurted out that she "loved" Ali Bastian and "The Bill". Jack and I were mortified. However, Ali was wonderful about it and shook hands with us politely.

Ali Bastian with School Reporters Esther, Jack and Emma from St Aidans C of E Technology College in Poulton Le Fylde, Blackpool
Ali plays PC Sally Armstrong in ITV drama series The Bill

Before interviewing Ali we were allowed to sit in the Ballroom to watch the professionals practise their group dance; a Viennese Waltz. There we saw Chris Hollins, Phil Tufnell, Ricky Whittle and Joe Calzaghe. We couldn't waste an opportunity like that so we asked for their autographs. I practically waltzed out of the ballroom!

After interviewing Ali, we were ushered out of the Tower into the reality of a rainy Blackpool. Luckily, the taxi was already waiting for us, but not before Emma and I were completely soaked. But nothing could ruin our mood and we could not wait to get back to school to tell everyone what had happened.



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