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Strictly fans given snow show bonus.

Byline: Brett Gibbons STAFF REPORTER

PROMOTERS have arranged a special performance for Strictly Come Dancing fans who were unable to get to shows in Birmingham because of the severe weather conditions - for 2014.

The exclusive performance has been pencilled in for January next year even though show organisers do not know who will be in the superstar line-up.

About 1,700 disappointed fans could not get to Birmingham's National Indoor Arena because of the blizzards at the weekend and show favourite Denise Van Outen angered fans by mocking: "It's only snowing love," on Twitter to a Staffordshire woman who aired her travel concerns.

Many ticket holders were furious when promoters decided to go ahead with the shows, despite treacherous driving conditions around the region.

They argued that the decision went against official advice not to travel.

However, following public pressure, NIA bosses and Strictly organisers have scheduled an extra matinee performance next January 17 for people who could not attend the original Birmingham shows because of the weather.

A statement from the promoters said: "We are aware that there are disappointed people who have not been able to attend the performance they booked for at the NIA, or an alternative show. In view of this, we have scheduled an exclusive 'snow show' in January next year.

"Unfortunately it was not possible to schedule this performance any earlier, due to venue and artist availability."

The offer was welcomed by many grateful followers of the show.

Joanne Buckley posted on Facebook: "At last progress! In this current climate buying tickets for shows are a luxury and I am glad that people will not miss out."

Fellow supporter Keith Ingley added: "I have been one of the critics but I welcome this. We just might get a better bunch next year."

Andy Clark added: "Although it is in January, people will have a whole year to prepare for potential bad weather."

However, Lyn Easton responded angrily. She posted: "What an insult! Fans are not going to see who they wanted. The 'exclusive show' will be a glorified rehersal for next year's tour!"

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