COUNTY NEWS: Strictly stars train in Sussex

Brendan Cole and Charlotte Hawkins training yesterday. Picture Chichester College/Facebook

Strictly Come Dancing pairing Brendan Cole and Charlotte Hawkins trained at a Sussex college yesterday ahead of their big performance this weekend.

Television presenter Charlotte is from Chichester and she brought her professional dance partner back to her home city to get in some vital training at Chichester College’s sports centre.

The dance partners outside the college. Picture Chichester College/Facebook

Having made it through the first elimination week with a cha cha dance which scored them 12 points, the pair are putting in the hard yards to try to wow the judges and the millions of viewers who tune into the BBC 1 show.

After some criticism from the judges and fellow Good Morning Britain host Piers Morgan, Brendan leapt to Charlotte’s defence after the show, tweeting that they will ‘come back stronger’ for what will be movie week this Saturday and Sunday night.

Chichester College posted these pictures of the pair at the sports centre last night on Facebook, adding: “So good to see the lovely Brendan Cole & Charlotte Hawkins at the college today, fitting in some training ahead of Saturday night’s Strictly Come Dancing!

“Can’t wait to see the routine...Good luck guys!”

Meeting staff. Picture Chichester College/Facebook

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