Aerial view from the church around the Wiltshire village of Bromham in Wiltshire, near to the towns of Calne, Melksham, Devizes and Chippenham

Bromham set to be right behind Strictly's Thatcher Joe

By Bromham Webmaster, Aug 21 2018 08:50PM

THE grandmother of YouTube sensation Joe Sugg who is to show his moves on this year's Strictly Come Dancing is likely to be able to give him a few tips.

For Phyllis Sugg, 95, was a bit of a dance expert in her younger years and once danced at Blackpool's famous Tower ballroom which is the goal for most contestants on the BBC show.

Joe's uncle Gary Sugg, who trained Joe as an apprentice thatcher before he gave up roof tops for another type of high life, is not sure how he will do.

Mr Sugg, whose thatching business is based in Bromham, near Devizes said: "He showed very good balance when he was learning to thatch and hopefully that will stand him in good stead. As a family we are all avid Strictly fans so we will all be watching with interest and cheering him on.

"My mum Phyllis was a very good dancer so I am sure she will give him some tips. She loves Strictly and danced herself at the Blackpool ballroom."

Mrs Sugg, who has five sons and two daughters and lives in Lacock, said: "He was quite sporty and flexible in school but ask him to dance and he wouldn’t be too keen.

"I’m not sure how far he can go in the competition. He’s never been one for dancing so this will be something completely new for him.”

On Saturday Joe told his Twitter followers that his gran was already giving him advice. He wrote: "I’m at my nan's house and she’s trying to teach me how to ballroom dance from her chair. 1 2 3 1 2 3.”

He also reported that his family is making jokes and wrote why do I feel like this isn’t going to stop after his father tweeted: "I asked @Joe_Sugg if he was looking forward to the Argentine Tango, he said 'Not really, I prefer Diet Coke'...oh dear."

Joe, 26, who is a former pupil of Corsham School along with his vlogger elder sister Zoella, was brought up in Lacock and attended the village primary. His father Graham is a property developer and his mum Tracey is a beautician.

Commentators have highlighted the face that few people over the age of 40 will have heard of Joe who goes under the name of Thatcher Joe on social media but he is said to be worth millions of pounds and has 8.2 million followers on his main YouTube channel.

Gazette and Herald - 20 August 2018

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