Darren's dancing maiden

CRICKET'S Strictly Come Dancing winner Darren Gough was bowled over when this TV beauty got him up to dance in Sheffield.

Siobhan Dillon, aged 24, was a finalist in Andrew Lloyd Webber's search for a star show How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria?

She recently showed off her own dancing skills in a West End production of Grease.

So she quick stepped at the chance to dance with Strictly winner Goughie at his Sheffield City Hall charity dinner, following a golf day at Beauchief, all in support of Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity.

Siobhan, a guest of singer-songwriter to the stars Eliot Kennedy, is recording her debut album at his city centre studio.

But Barnsley-born Gough, 38, had to be cajoled by Siobhan, his own family, friends and fans in the audience for the unrehearsed dance. It went down a storm, as big band star Paul Pashley - Wayne Rooney's wedding singer - sang Sway.

"I wasn't expecting it. I wasn't too sure. But she's a good dancer and everyone seemed to like it. I wouldn't say I am the best in the world, but the TV show was as much about winning people over with your personality," said Gough, who now lives with ex-wife Anna and their two sons near Milton Keynes.

"When I won Strictly there was some media talk that I might open dance schools. But, as much as I want to encourage more people to dance, I'm just too busy at the moment."

Darren, a TalkSport radio station presenter, a cricket pundit and in demand endorsing many top brands and products, presented his Darren Gough Golf Day winning cup to Barnsley-based SW Installations, a windows, doors and conservatories company, who were the day's main sponsor.

He said: "I was determined to make time for this golf day and dinner for Weston Park. It's been a great success. Beauchief is a fantastic course and we had lots of people for dinner. It's a credit to Darren Hayes and the people who helped him to organise this in just a few weeks. It will be even bigger and better next year. I want this to become an annual event."

Darren's Strictly Come Dancing partner Lilia Kopylova and her husband Darren Bennett, both from Sheffield, were unable to attend because they are in the final week of their West End Show, Latin Fever. But they sent a video message wishing good luck with the fundraising.

The former England and Yorkshire cricketer is now a patron at Weston Park. He got involved to help Barnsley pal Darren Hayes raise money after he was treated for testicular cancer. Around 20 teams of four played golf at SIV's Beauchief course and more than 200 people attended the evening dinner, including celebrities from the world of cricket, football, television and music, among them former model and pop star Mandy Smith, Yorkshire cricket's Steve Oldham, Hollyoaks hunk Ben Parr and his dad, St Elmo's Fire rock star John Parr, who also performed.


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