‘POLE dancing’ and ‘Lewes’ are not words you might normally find in the same sentence.
But a night of exotic glamour is coming to the county town next month - and it’s all in the aid of a good cause.
Club Tropicana hits The Garage on Saturday, July 2, and will definitely be an evening of fun on the risque side.
Pole dancers, burlesque stars and a young lady doing things on ropes and trapeze will feature at the often-forgotten venue opposite Lewes Bus Station in Eastgate Street.
One of the night’s main attractions will be event organiser Christine Ash, of the Body Workshop gym in Brook Street, Lewes, who is renowned for her pole performances.
Among those joining her in the vertical teasing world will be local solicitor Sarah Edmunds.
The slightly eccentric David Daly, one-time owner of the Tea Cosy tea rooms in Brighton - where dunking biscuits, elbows on tables and insulting the Queen were strictly prohibited - has bravely agreed to learn a dance to perform on the night.
Whether his outfit of high heels and feathers will prove to be a handicap remains to be seen.
Keeping control of proceedings will be compere Polly Cupcake, who also promises a burlesque show.
Organiser Christine said: “Provided they don’t lose their nerve, some of the boys from the gym will compete in a light-hearted Mr Club Tropicana competition - it should be really exciting and great fun, too.”
With a live band and a Harveys Brewery bar, the event is in aid of St Peter and St James Hospice, at Chailey. It gets under way at 7.30pm and continues until the small hours.
Tickets for the evening at the Rees Elliott premises cost £15 and include a free cocktail and food.
They can be bought online at www.lacevents.biz, and at Body Workshop, Lincolns Bar, Sarah Edmunds Legal, Cutting Club, Ringmer Off-Licence, The Anchor Inn at Ringmer and Cream Hairdressers, Ringmer.
Alternatively go to skiddle.com/tickets; 0844 884 2920.
Christine added: “I suppose this event is quite different by Lewes standards, but it’s definitely going to be a night to remember.”