Traders back local celeb on Strictly
A REGULAR Langport shopper is going to be the star of Strictly Come Dancing, according to businesses in the town.
Dragons' Den star Deborah Meaden is switching the corporate look for glitz and glam as the dancing competition gets under way tomorrow.
The 54-year-old investor and businesswoman, who lives near Langport, was matched with professional dancer Robin Windsor in the launch show earlier this month.
And Langport traders are getting behind Mrs Meaden and urging people to vote for her.
A number of local businesses are displaying Western Gazette 'Support Deborah' posters, including the Pet Shop on Bow Street. Manager Terry Irwin said: "I have to admit I have never been a particular fan of the show in the past, but I'll be watching it now that Debbie Meaden is going to be on it.
"She's one of our regular customers – she hasn't been in recently with the show coming up but she usually comes in every week. She's just like any other customer, she's a very down to earth lady – we get all types of people coming in so we're quite used to it."
The posters have also been distributed around the majority of the shops on Bow Street.
A gin and brandy selling company called Enhance, based in Huish Episcopi, is also supporting the star.
Denise Tapscott runs the business with her husband and sells the drinks from a stall at local events.
She said: "We're definitely supporting her, it's great to see someone local on there.
"I just can't wait for it to get started. We're going to put up the poster on our van so that people will see it when we're at events."
Louise Brister, of Othery, cleans Mrs Meaden's house and she has put a poster up in her own home to support her boss. She said: "Deborah's very, very nice, I couldn't ask for anybody better to work for.
"I feel that I should put a poster up to show my support – I will definitely be watching the show."
Mrs Meaden will go head to head with the other contestants tomorrow, including glamorous Countdown presenter Rachel Riley and BBC Breakfast host Susanna Reid.
The show is on at 9pm tomorrow and also at 7pm on Saturday on BBC One.
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