Pole-dancing takes centre stage at fundraiser

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POLE-dancing will once again take centre stage during an innovative fundraising event in Hucknall.

The dancing will be on show at The Empire social club and pub, off Beardall Street, on Friday June 1.

Money raised will be in aid of Cancer Research UK as part of a long-running charity drive by Hucknall man John Wright, of Shortwood Avenue.

Mr Wright and his wife, Shirley, have raised thousands of pounds for the cause from various events, the biggest of which is entering a squad called Team Chaos into the Relay For Life. This annual event involves teams being sponsored to run or walk around a track in relay for 24 hours in memory of those who have lost their battle against cancer.

They normally take part at Harvey Hadden Stadium in Bilborough, but this year they will be involved at Rossendale, Lancashire.

Traditionally, teams stage a succession of fundraising events in the lead-up to the relay. This is where the pole-dancing night comes in.

The wife of John’s nephew, Kirsty Wright, takes part in a fitness pole-dancing class with her sister, Sam Wigley.

They and fellow members of the Nicola Martin Dance Studio are now working on a series of breathtaking routines. Audience members will also be able to have a go and photos will be available on the night.

Empire owner Richard Darrington, who is a long-time supporter of Team Chaos, has provided the venue for free.