Tickets go on sale for 2018 Gwydir Industries Dancing with the Stars event

SET TO DANCE: Dancing couple Jordan Barratt and Paige Miller, dancer Byron Birch pictured with Gwydir Industries employee Kerry Bussell, couple Amanda and Donny Mealing with Gwydir Industries employees Rachel Tighe and Leslie Cuthel and president Peter Weal.
SET TO DANCE: Dancing couple Jordan Barratt and Paige Miller, dancer Byron Birch pictured with Gwydir Industries employee Kerry Bussell, couple Amanda and Donny Mealing with Gwydir Industries employees Rachel Tighe and Leslie Cuthel and president Peter Weal.

The countdown is on until well-known Moree identities bust out their best moves for the fifth biennial Gwydir Industries’ Dancing with the Stars event.

Six local couples have kindly volunteered to trade their regular shoes for dancing ones when they take to the dancefloor for this year’s fundraiser.

Jordan Barratt and Paige Miller, Byron Birch and Kendall Tait, Donny and Amanda Mealing, Oscar and Susannah Pearse, Mark Cotter and Della Barnes, and Greg and Rachel Bell are gearing up to perform in front of a full house at Moree Town Hall on Saturday, March 10.

The couples – mostly inexperienced dancers – have been rehearsing their chosen routines for the past few months.

Byron and Kendall have already experienced a setback – Byron injured his leg playing rugby in January – but both are looking forward to the experience.

“It’s been very entertaining during rehearsals,” Byron said.

“We’ve wrangled a few people to give us a bit of guidance.”

Gwydir Industries president Peter Weal said there’s no set-criteria – couples have the freedom to pick the music, dance style and create their own choreography.

Some of this year's dancers, Gwydir Industries employees and president Peter Weal pictured with the car to be raffled at this year's event.

Some of this year's dancers, Gwydir Industries employees and president Peter Weal pictured with the car to be raffled at this year's event.

Tickets for the popular fundraiser go on sale this Saturday, February 17 and Mr Weal encourages people to get in quick before they all sell out.

“Tickets will sell out on Saturday morning,” he said.

“People need to get down there or they will be disappointed.”

Mr Weal said the event, which raises much needed funds for Gwydir Industries, is always well-supported by the community.

“It’s a great cause; the community always really rallies behind the people who are a bit less fortunate in our community,” he said.

“It’s just great for the town to have something different like this every two years.

“The feedback from all our previous dancers is that it changes their lives.”

This year, Gwydir Industries is hoping to raise enough money to purchase a new engraving machine to replace their old one.

Tickets are $100 per person which includes a three-course dinner, not-to-be-missed entertainment and plenty of great prizes up for grabs in the auction and raffles.

People can book tickets individually or as part of a group.

Tickets will be on sale on Saturday, February 17 from 9.30am to 12.30pm at My Store in Heber Street.

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