Strictly star Anton waltzes into Ponteland for Comic Relief

Left to right, British Airways Manager Angela Sumner-Cook, Anton du Beke, and Janet Collins, Newcastle Airport's General Manager Terminal Operations. Picture by Simon Williams, Crest Photography.
Left to right, British Airways Manager Angela Sumner-Cook, Anton du Beke, and Janet Collins, Newcastle Airport's General Manager Terminal Operations. Picture by Simon Williams, Crest Photography.

Strictly Come Dancing star Anton du Beke quickstepped his way to Ponteland today to raise funds for Comic Relief.

The TV personality touched down at Newcastle International Airport to support British Airways’ Flying Start initiative, which has already seen staff raise £9.2million worldwide for the charity.

During his flying visit Mr du Beke taught some dance moves to staff and passengers in the terminal, before shuffling over to the airline’s contact centre in Newcastle Business Park to meet the team and “tap” into more support.

British Airways Manager at Newcastle International Airport Angela Sumner-Cook said: “We’re delighted that Anton agreed to join us as part of our Flying Start activities on Red Nose Day.

“Millions have watched him glide gracefully across the dance floor since Strictly Come Dancing first appeared on our television screens in 2004 so to have him with us in Newcastle is a great boost to British Airways’ staff in our efforts in support of Flying Start.”

Airport Chief Executive David Laws said: “We’re delighted that Anton is supporting British Airways and Comic Relief.

“British Airways’ Heathrow service is a vital link for North East business and leisure travellers, and one which sees nearly half a million passengers each year. We’re pleased to support our airline partner with this activity.”