City’s dancing firefighters test talents on ITV
PUBLISHED: 09:26 28 December 2016 | UPDATED: 09:26 28 December 2016
A crew of firefighters from Cambridge whose safety video went viral on social media will appear on a prime-time ITV dance show on New Year’s Day.
The five-strong group, who work at Cambridge fire station as members of black watch, were chosen to appear in a dance entertainment show after producers saw their video, released earlier this year, to promote safer Hallowe’en costumes.
In the film the firefighters re-enacted Michael Jackson’s Thriller video – the opening shot saw one of the firefighters crawling out of a drain dressed as a zombie, and another sliding out of a drawer at the back of a rescue vehicle.
The video was viewed more than 220,000 times on Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service’s Facebook page.
The group – made up of Myles Strickland, 23, James Ball, 35, Chloe Housden, 26, Dom Mould, 29, and crew commander Jeff Whitlam, 40 – performed in the celebrity-studded prime-time dance show called Diversity Presents Steal The Show, which is being broadcast on New Year’s Day, at 7pm on ITV.
It is hosted by dancer and choreographer Ashley Banjo, from the dance troupe Diversity, and sees three unknown dancers come together in a big dance-off, culminating in a prize trip to Las Vegas.
The show has already been filmed as if it was live – and Cambridge’s firefighters did themselves proud.
Black watch commander Darren Thompson said: “I was immensely proud of them. They did amazingly well. To ask somebody to stand up on stage in front of 400 people is one thing but then to know you are going to be seen by about three million people on New Year’s Day on ITV is another.”
Firefighter Chloe Housden was the only member of the watch with previous dance experience, having attended a ballet class once a week for 10 years as a child.
She said: “There was one point where I was concentrating so hard I forgot to smile.”