Dancing Len’s travelogue
PUBLISHED: 17:33 17 September 2008 | UPDATED: 10:07 23 August 2010
ONE of television s most well-known dance critics met up with an old friend to celebrate the anniversary of a travel agency. Len Goodman, from BBC s Strictly Come Dancing, announced the raffle winners as a favour to Mike Colley who owns Sunways Travel, i
ONE of television's most well-known dance critics met up with an old friend to celebrate the anniversary of a travel agency.
Len Goodman, from BBC's Strictly Come Dancing, announced the raffle winners as a favour to Mike Colley who owns Sunways Travel, in Sation Road, Longfield.
They became good friends after first meeting when they both founded their businesses 35 years ago.
Mr Goodman, 64, from Ingress Park, Greenhithe, set up his popular school of dance in Market Street, Dartford, in 1973, the same year that Mike Colley set up Sunways Travel.
Speaking last Wednesday, the dance guru said: "I have known Mike Colley for 40 years - he opened the travel agency around the same time I opened the dance school, but he's ended up making a lot more money than I have!"
He added: "I still teach at the dance school as much as I can but Strictly Come Dancing takes up a lot of time. But whenever I can I'll pop into the studio - I'm like an old landlord really, popping into his pub every now and then!"
Prizes included two nights at a five-star hotel in Venice, a £600 cruise voucher, two nights at an Edinburgh hotel, flying business class, an iPod nano and three bottles of champagne.
Mr Goodman has recently released his autobiography, Better Late Than Never.
He said: "My book just tells the story of how I got into ballroom dancing and just plots my life really. It was really enjoyable writing it because you tend to forget about a lot of things that have happened to you and it brings it all to the surface!"
Mr Colley, 65, added: "We met at a pub actually, the Fox and Hounds in Lane End, around the time we set our businesses up. We just really hit it off and we've good friends ever since. They were the good old days! The fame hasn't changed him at all. In fact he said to me 'anytime you see me start to change, you let me know about it!'"
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