Newly discovered national treasure Jackie Weaver has sadly ruled out an appearance on Strictly Come Dancing – but she’s thrilled with her chance to meet Anton Du Beke.
The internet sensation, who went viral for her no-nonsense approach when things got unexpectedly heated during Handforth parish council meeting, excitedly spoke about her chance to chat to the pro dancer.
‘I am so chuffed that I’ve been invited to meet, on the screen, Anton Du Beke on Monday. That has just made my world,’ she admitted on BBC Breakfast, after speaking about the video that has the internet obsessed.
However, asked by presenter Dan Walker whether she’d be up for making an appearance on the show, she hinted that she’s not keen on the idea of being a contestant.
‘No, just totally as a passenger,’ she clarified, before cheekily adding of Anton: ‘I just want to look at him.’
A recorded video of the parish council meeting quickly took off online, after things got a bit heated between the councillors.
Council chair Brian Tolver famously told Jackie she ‘doesn’t have the authority’ to remove people from the Zoom call, before she remorselessly ejected him to the virtual waiting room.
She was then angrily told by councillor Aled Brewerton: ‘Read the standing orders! Read them and understand them!’ but kept her cool throughout.
While many have found themselves now unexpectedly enthralled by local politics, Jackie, who also appeared on The Last Leg, warned that it’s not exactly a common occurrence, and has never seen anything like it in her 25 years in the job.
‘The way people have reacted to this, I hope, gives the three councillors some pause and makes them at least questions whether or not they have done the right thing here,’ she said on the morning show.
‘Nobody’s looking for an apology.
What we’re looking at is, is there somewhere where we can find some common ground, where all six councillors can start to work for the benefit of Handforth.’Credit: Original article published here.