Barkers department store to host Strictly Comes to Barkers on Thursday 10 November to launch newly extended collection.


Barkers department store bosses Charles Barker and son Guy learn dance moves from Ping Liem and his partner Roxanne Youman of North Leeds Dance Academy.

Barkers department store is to host Strictly Comes to Barkers on Thursday 10 November from 3pm to 7pm to launch the department store’s newly extended designer womenswear collection on the first floor.

Four dancers from North Leeds Dance Academy - Ping Liem and his partner Roxanne Youman and Ivan Silva Llamas and partner Hayley Davies - will perform the Cha-Cha, Rumba, Samba, Paso Doble and Jive in the department store.

Ping and Roxanne are both professional dancers and Latin Dance champions, while Ivan and Hayley are also champions and dance on the international circuit. Northallerton Paralympics rower Laurence Whiteley, who won a gold medal in Rio in the mixed double scull with partner Lauren Rowles, will cut the ribbon to launch the opening of the new department at 3pm.

Barkers womenswear buyer Jane Hunter said: “Everyone has been enthralled by this year’s Strictly Come Dancing, and customers often chat about the show when they come into the department store.

“Staff will be taking part in a fashion show to show off this season’s must-haves from labels like Armani, Joseph Ribkoff and Ralph Lauren.”

Customers have the opportunity to win more than £1,000 worth of prizes, including shopping vouchers, perfume, designer gift bags and makeovers.