Fundraisers behind a charity dance contest are celebrating after raising almost £10,000.
Competitors from Dumfriesshire and beyond tripped the light fantastic to help boost funds for the JMA Trust.
Talented toe-tappers Boogie Brow scooped the top prize of an overnight stay at the prestigious Gleneagles resort and a £200 prize in the JMA’kin Me Dance Off Challenge.
The Eastriggs family, kids Cody and Miley Brogan and brother Louie Muirhead, scooped the glitterball after judges chose their routine for the top spot in week four’s freestyle contest.
Mum Laura McEwen paid tribute to the youngsters, aged just nine, seven and three.
She said: “I’m happy for them, they came up with a lot of their own moves and I’m so chuffed that they won.
“It gave them something positive to focus on, lockdown will be a big memory for them and I’m glad that it gives them a good memory. We’ve spent lockdown creating the dances for the contest.”
Lockerbie man Sean Kevans slid into the runner-up slot taking second place for his tongue-in-cheek Scottish themed interpretation of the Andy Stewart classic Donald Where’s Yer Troosers?.
Pop Idol Darius Danesh, comedian Mark Nelson, TV hostess Carol Smillie, journalist Amy Irons and snooker star John Higgins were the celebrity judges who delivered their verdicts on the four week-long contest which saw competitors show off their skills in rounds such as Back to the 90s and Movie themes.
Competitors were whittled down to the final few following last week’s rock ‘n’ roll round.
Routines went out to public vote, which saw supporters pay £1 to register their favourite act and see dancers continue to the next round.
The contest, a mega-hit during the coronavirus lockdown, left organisers stunned by its popularity.
Joanne Aitken, JMA Trust convener, told the Standard: “We have raised nearly £10,00, it’s absolutely brilliant, we are honestly delighted and totally gobsmacked.
“Never in our wildest dreams did we imagine that it would be so popular but people have actually said that they enjoyed it and it gave them something to look forward to during lockdown and they looked forward to putting the routines together. We can’t thank everyone enough.”
She also extended her gratitude to the celebrity judging panel, saying: “Our thanks also go the judges, the local ones in particular have been brilliant, especially Amy Irons and John Higgins, they were great.”
The contest was only developed as a contingency plan after a fund-raising Strictly night had to be cancelled due to the pandemic and the charity continued to receive requests for support from desperate organisations aiming to support the vulnerable.
Founded in 2014, the JMA Trust aims to raise cash for worthy causes in memory of Lockerbie man John Maurice Aitken, who lost a long battle with lymphoma.
To date, it has raised more than £70,000, including a £9,867 sum from the dance-off.