A TUTBURY woman has spoken of her delight at meeting her dancing idol, despite the blaze at Derby Assembly Rooms on Friday forcing him to cancel his performance.
Beryl Moore, who met her late husband George dancing at Uttoxeter Town Hall, received tickets to see Strictly Come Dancing star Anton du Beke for her 80th birthday from her daughter Karen Campion. However just hours before it was due to start, the performance was cancelled after the fire spread through the car park.
Karen had already been in touch with Anton’s tour manager and arranged for the star to present her with birthday flowers after the show. Karen said: “She texted me when we arrived in Derby to tell us the show was cancelled but to come and find outside the building. So I left mum and her friends in the car and went to find her and bumped into Anton.”
Karen told him he was due to give her mum the flowers, to which he replied ‘Oh yes, Beryl’. It was then that they went back to Karen’s car and Anton jumped in the driver’s seat next to Beryl, who was sat in the front passenger seat.
Beryl, who has been a keen dancer for years, said: “I still haven’t got over it. When I saw him sitting next to me it was like a dream.
“He’s been my pin-up boy since Strictly began and I never miss a show. He held my hand and made me feel so at ease. He was the one treating me like a star rather than the other way round.”
Mr du Beke, who has appeared in all 11 series of BBC One’s ‘Strictly Come Dancing’, also invited the group to see his ‘Ballroom to Broadway’ show in York the following evening, where he presented Beryl with her flowers after the performance.
Beryl added: “Anton is such a lovely person and great dancer.”