A UTTOXETER woman has thanked Strictly Come Dancing star Anton Du Beke for making her mother’s birthday ‘very special’.
Karen Campion treated her mum, Beryl Moore, to tickets to Mr Du Beke’s Ballroom to Broadway show at Derby Assembly Rooms on Friday.
She had arranged for the dancer to present Ms Moore with a bunch of flowers after the show to mark her 80th birthday.
However, a huge fire on the top floor of the venue saw the show cancelled.
But Ms Campion managed to find Mr Du Beke - and the ‘incredibly kind’ star was only too happy to make amends.
Ms Campion said: “I’d been in touch with Anton’s tour manager and she texted me when we arrived in Derby to tell us the show was cancelled but to come and find outside the building.
“So I left mum and her friends in the car and went to find her and bumped into Anton.
“I told him he was due to give my mum the flowers and he immediately said ‘oh yes, Beryl’.
“I said she was waiting in the car and he said ‘what are we waiting for then?’.
“He grabbed me and we immediately went to the car.
“My mum was in the front passenger seat and he just jumped into the driver’s seat.
“He was brilliant, making everyone laugh and making my mum feel at ease.”
Mr Du Beke handed out tickets to his York show the following night, when he handed Ms Moore the flowers after the show.
Ms Moore said: “I still haven’t got over it. When I saw him sitting next to me it was like a dream.
“He’s been my pin-up boy since Strictly began and I never miss a show.
“He held my hand and made me feel so at ease. He was the one treating me like a star rather than the other way round.”
Ms Moore has been a keen dancer for years and had regularly attended dances at Uttoxeter Town Hall.
It was there she met her late husband, George, who tragically died from cancer days after they were married.