Star gymnast Louis to burn rubber in King’s Lynn

Louis Smith signs copies of his book "Louis - My Story So Far" at Tesco's in Serpentine Green
Louis Smith signs copies of his book "Louis - My Story So Far" at Tesco's in Serpentine Green
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Louis Smith the Strictly Come Dancing champion and Olympic gymnastics medallist, is making a special visit to Lynn tomorrow.

He will be joining in the Norfolk Arena Drift Team’s Fun Night at the Saddlebow Road stadium, which is being staged for charity.

Admission is free for this event, with funds for the Muscular Dystrophy Norfolk and Norwich Branch being raised through passenger rides in the cars, a raffle and donations.

The fun night starts at 4pm and will continue right through to 10pm.

Malcolm Foskitt of the Drift Team said: “It’s really exciting for us to have Louis coming along. He’s into the sport and although he won’t be taking part in the competition he says he’ll do some demonstration donuts and figure-of-eights on the track.

“We have also got 16 of the country’s top drifters booked in and it should be a great night.

“It’s also a rare chance to have a passenger ride in a car - and that’s for all ages including toddlers. We’ve even had one lady of 87 taking part.”

Drivers in drifting are judged on speed, angle and flair in this fast and furious sport.

That’s a much different pace from gymnastics and dancing for 24-year-old Smith, from Peterborough, who is sure to be a popular visitor to the Norfolk Arena.

He was awarded the MBE in the New Year Honours list for services to gymnastics and the honour capped a remarkable 2012 having been crowned a European champion, becoming a Silver and Bronze medallist at London 2012 and winning ‘Strictly’.

He danced his way to victory in the final of the 2012 season of BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing when a peak audience of 14 million people tuned in to see bookies favourite Smith and his dance partner Flavia Cacace beat Kimberley Walsh and Denise Van Outen to claim the Glitterball Trophy.

Just recently he has been touring the country signing copies of his autobiography My Story So Far and tomorrow will be travelling straight to Lynn from Birmingham where he is at the Waterstones store in the morning.

This week it was announced that Smith had given up his dream of more Olympics glory, with plans to become a fashion designer.

Officials of the Muscular Dystrophy Norfolk and Norwich Branch are delighted that the Norfolk Arena Drift Team – and Louis Smith – are raising funds for them.

Committee member Robyn Gunner, who was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy at 17, said: “My brother-in-law does drifting and we are really pleased they have arranged this event for us.”