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The dancing grannies in Bahrain's fast lane.

Byline: ANDY RICHARDSON News Reporter andy.richardson@trinitymirror.com

THE famous Black Country dancing grannies will be living life in the fast lane - after being invited to perform at the glitzy Bahrain Grand Prix.

The dance troupe, from Dudley, flew out on Wednesday to get ready to take to the stage this weekend.

The invite came after the performers caught the eye of a talent scout from the Middle East at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe two years ago. The four grannies are actually friends Sue Hawkins, Jacky Fellows, Deb Nicholls and Emma Rollason who perform together for the Dudley-based Fizzog Productions.

When to Bahrain we were Sue, from Wordsley, near Stourbridge, plays Letty.

She said: "We are all so excited about the trip. It is a fantastic opportunity for us. We were spotted performing at the Edinburgh Fringe two years ago by a talent scout from the Middle East.

asked at the Prix amazed "They asked us to perform last year but we were fully booked up. When we were asked to dance at the Bahrain Grand Prix we were just amazed and thrilled. We are so looking forward to it."

They performed yesterday and will dance today during practice and qualifying, as well as taking to the stage for the Grand Prix tomorrow.

The professional group have been together for 14 years after meeting at Dudley College where they studied Community Theatre.

They are based at Thorns Community College in Brierley Hill.

The Grannies developed the characters after visiting nursing homes in the Black Country.

Video of their hilarious dance act at Stourbridge Festival back in the summer of 2014 became an online hit as far afield as India, Japan and America.

When we were asked to perform at the Bahrain Grand Prix we were just amazed and thrilled. Sue Hawkins

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Three of the grannies, from left, Deb Nicholls, Jacky Fellows and Sue Hawkins as the dancing grannies; the three out of costume, left; and the trio showing off their best moves, below

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