SEQUINS and sparkles were the theme of the day when celebrity dancers took to the floor.
Stars of hit BBC show Strictly Come Dancing, Erin Boag and Olympian Colin Jackson, went along to npower offices in East Durham and Houghton to add a touch of glamour to the day.
As well as performing routines for the hundreds of staff in the Peterlee and Rainton Bridge offices, the pair also gave them some lessons in fancy footwork.
The visits were part of the two centres’ preparations for the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning tomorrow to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.
Welsh hurdler Colin, who came second in the show in 2005, said he hopes to help inspire people to join in the annual coffee morning event for the cancer charity.
He said: “Like many people, I have lost members of my family to cancer, including both of my grandparents, so Macmillan is a charity close to my heart.”
The athlete said he and Erin had a wonderful day with the npower workers.
He said: “The call centre staff were very enthusiastic about myself and Erin. We first gave them a masterclass to give them an insight into dance.”
Professional dancer Erin taught groups of staff how to salsa.
They had to put on a performance for their colleagues, and Colin said the performances at both sites were very good.
Clare McDougall, head of community for npower, said: “npower has been raising funds for Macmillan for the past nine years and we’re keen to continue this with the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning. To date, npower has raised in excess of £2.3million for Macmillan.”
Staff at npower will be amoung thousands of people across Wearside and County Durham holding coffee mornings tomorrow to raise money for the annual event, which last year collected £15million for Macmillan.