Cassidy crowned The People’s Strictly champion

Cassidy Little and Natalie Lowe. Photo courtesy of BBC Pictures.
Cassidy Little and Natalie Lowe. Photo courtesy of BBC Pictures.

Market Deeping’s Cassidy Little has been crowned the people’s champion live on Comic Relief as part of the first ever People’s Strictly.

The Royal Marine lifted the famous Strictly glitter ball with his dance partner Natalie Lowe on BBC One’s Comic Relief on Friday.

The Canadian who has lived in the UK for the past 10 years, was completley shocked to have won, he said: “It’s electric right!”

Cassidy set the Strictly ballroom alight with his passionate pasodoble performance on Wednesday night, scoring ten’s across the panel of judges.

For the first time in the show’s 11-year-history, six members of the public took the places of famous faces and competed on the famous Strictly Come Dancing ballroom.

The former Royal Marine medic lost his right leg below the knee during a tour of Afghanistan in 2011, in an explosion that killed three of his colleagues and seriously injured another four.

He was chosen from over 11,000 entries to take part in The People’s Strictly for his heroic efforts.

Cassidy said: “Since being injured, I’ve done some incredible things, and this is another incredible experience, which just pulls me along that pathway.”

Support has been flooding in from across the country for the Royal Marine who has helped to ‘inspire’ people with his determination and enthusiasm.

Cassidy’s local gym, Empire Gymnasium in Market Deeping showed its support for Cassidy by hanging a massive banner outside its doors this week saying ‘Vote Cassidy’.

Matt Weston from Empire Gym said: “Remove the limelight and Cassidy would still be the personality that brings the most light to the room.

“He’s great to have around as a member of the gym because he inspires and motivates people.

“The whole experience has again showed people, that there is always a way! Obstacles, traumas, difficulties will present themselves to us all, but we must look to such shining lights as Cassidy to remind ourselves - we can!”