Farmers trade wellies for dancing shoes

Hillsborough couple Bobby Surgenor and Hannah Toughey steal the show in the group performance.
Hillsborough couple Bobby Surgenor and Hannah Toughey steal the show in the group performance.

A group of local farmers swapped their wellies for dancing shoes for a recent charity dancing competition.

Young Farmers from both Hilhall and Hillsborough showed off their moves as over 800 people turned out to support the event which was run by Co Down Young Farmers’ Committee.

Ross Maxwell and Laura Phillips from Hillhall YFC pictured with their sponsors from Maxwell Contracts and Chambers Homes.

Ross Maxwell and Laura Phillips from Hillhall YFC pictured with their sponsors from Maxwell Contracts and Chambers Homes.

They were all beaten off though by Spa couple Nicola Edgar and Jonathan Gill, who stole the show, held in the ballroom at the Ramada Plaza Hotel, with their performance.

Each of the couples took part in an intensive series of dance classes run by TV and stage-show choreographer Shane Berger. Along the way the couples also set about raising funds for Rural Support, a charity which provides a listening and signposting service for farming and rural families in Northern Ireland.

Shane who has worked on “Dancing Stars,” the Austrian version of Strictly Come Dancing made the impossible become possible for the couples and the farmers who were more used to towing trailers than putting toes a dance floor were soon ballroom dancing.

Christine Sloan and James Tougher from Hillhall YFC show off their moves. They were sponsored by Eglantine Farm and W.T.S. Contracts.

Christine Sloan and James Tougher from Hillhall YFC show off their moves. They were sponsored by Eglantine Farm and W.T.S. Contracts.