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Strictly Come Dancing: Dumfries man faces anxious vote wait


Retired Dumfries businessman Michael Pattie faces an anxious wait until Friday to find out if he has won The People's Strictly for Comic Relief.

His dance with partner Aliona Vilani was screened on Wednesday night.

He was up against five other competitors chosen for their "tireless and selfless work" to improve the lives of others.

The results of a public vote to decide the winner will be revealed on Red Nose Day on Friday.

Mr Pattie, 57, has raised more than £300,000 for the Meningitis Research Foundation since losing his 13-year-old son David to the disease in 1999.

Image caption Michael Pattie is the only Scottish competitor in the People's Strictly programme

The majority of the money has been raised through an idea that came to him in front of the TV 10 years ago - putting on local Strictly Come Dancing events.

BBC One viewers saw him take to the floor on Wednesday night to perform his tango with his professional partner.

Phone lines then opened for an hour to let the public decide who should win.

The results will be broadcast live on Comic Relief Night on BBC One on Friday.

The money raised from the show will be spent helping to change the lives of poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged people in the UK and across Africa.

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