Strictly Come Dancing star Joanne Clifton will travel to Waltham tomorrow for the official opening of her model railway’s extended line.

The West End and Strictly Come Dancing star, who is sister to Kevin Clifton, will open the extension on Sunday following an invitation from owners and operators, the Grimsby and Cleethorpes Model Engineering Society.

One of the professional dancers on the hit BBC TV show for a few years, Joanne lifted her coveted Glitterball trophy with her celebrity partner, TV presenter Ore Oduba, in December 2016 – beating none other than her brother Kevin Clifton in second place with Louise Redknapp.

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The professional dancer, presenter, actress and singer is a former Ballroom Dancing World Champion, five-time British Champion, three-time Italian Champion and World Professional Dancesport Games Champion.

She also won the Strictly Christmas Special in 2015 with musician, dancer, author and McFly drummer Harry Judd, and played the title role of Millie Dillmount on Thoroughly Modern Millie’s UK tour in 2017.



Tom Burton and Greg Marsden emerge on the new extension with their passengers

The Model Engineers – an incorporated charity – have been working on extending their track for about 10 years. He added around 300 meters – or just under 1,000 feet – to the main outer circuit of the railway by using part of the site adjacent to Brigsley Road which had previously been undeveloped. This gives visitors a much longer and more varied course of around 700 yards, or around 750 yards.

Trains will run for the public from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday – with a break around 2:00 p.m. for the opening ceremony. The public race, for adults and children, takes place every Sunday until the end of October, as well as on special days.

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