It’s Strictly Ruth

Ruth Davidson will be taking part in a ballroom dancing contest at Dundas Castle
Ruth Davidson will be taking part in a ballroom dancing contest at Dundas Castle

Guests at a preview for this month’s big Dundas Castle fundraiser were astonished to meet Tory leader Ruth Davidson ... as a contestant.

The political leader, who’s never shy about appearing for photoshoots driving armoured fighting vehicles or riding buffalos, is adding a new string to her bow, as a Strictly dance star.

The event, to be staged at Dundas Castle next Thursday, November 10, involves a champagne reception, three-course dinner and a chance to vote for the winner of a glamorous dance contest.

It is sold out, although organisers are still urging people to donate, as three local causes will benefit – Queensferry Care, the Dalmeny Kirk Fund, and the RNLI.

A warm-up evening was staged at the weekend at the less glamorous venue of the scout hall in Port Edgar, where some who had bought tickets for next week’s spectacular had the chance to meet the dance contestants.

Apart from a handful who already knew Ruth was involved, guests were astounded to find she was taking part.

Along with others demonstrating their newly found dancing skills, she’ll be dancing the night away in Dundas Pavilion – where the guests will be the judges.

The political leader had been dared to take part by professional dancer Willie Green, who had remembered a chance remark he’d heard her make on radio, saying she fancied giving the whole “strictly” experience a go.

He got in touch, and when she found it was a major local charity occasion, she allowed her arm to be twisted, and – with absolutely no publicity – embarked on a course of secret dance lessons.

Her chosen dance styles are jive and Latin American.

Ruth said: “Strictly Dundas is going to be a fantastic event, raising money for three hugely important charities.

“If Ed Balls can do it every week on the TV, I can give it a shot at Dundas Castle!”