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Rose Ayling-Ellis 'proud' to have encouraged Strictly to use a sign language interpreter on tour


‘It’s a lovely step’: Rose Ayling-Ellis feels ‘proud’ to have encouraged Strictly to use a sign language interpreter on tour


Strictly champ Rose Ayling-Ellis has spoken of her pride about encouraging Strictly to use a sign language interpreter on their UK tour. 

The first show kicked off in Birmingham on Thursday night and the audience could see a British Sign Language interpreter blown up on the big screen. 

Rose, 27, who made history as the first ever deaf contestant, said the gesture was a ‘lovely step’ and a step in the right direction to make the show more inclusive to the deaf community. 

Groundbreaking: Strictly champ Rose Ayling-Ellis has spoken of her pride about encouraging Strictly to use a sign language interpreter on tour

Groundbreaking: Strictly champ Rose Ayling-Ellis has spoken of her pride about encouraging Strictly to use a sign language interpreter on tour

Rose said: ‘I feel so proud of us and I am also proud of Strictly too because they listened. 

‘Everyone in the crew has got deaf awareness training as well, so it is just such a lovely step.

‘I feel like it is not actually hard work. They make it easy for me and that is what it should be. So hopefully it will influence other companies to do the same.’  

Sizzling chemistry: The EastEnders actress reunited with Giovanni Pernice, 31, once more to perform their steamy Argentine Tango To A Evaristo Carriego by Eduardo Rovira

Sizzling chemistry: The EastEnders actress reunited with Giovanni Pernice, 31, once more to perform their steamy Argentine Tango To A Evaristo Carriego by Eduardo Rovira

Thought provoking: They performed their moving silent Couple's Choice dance

Sweet: The performance touched viewers when they watched it during the series as it gave an insight into being deaf

Thought provoking: They performed their moving silent Couple’s Choice dance which touched viewers when they watched it during the series as it gave an insight into being deaf 

The EastEnders actress reunited with Giovanni Pernice, 31, once more to perform their steamy Argentine Tango To A Evaristo Carriego by Eduardo Rovira. 

They also performed their moving silent Couple’s Choice dance, which touched viewers when they watched it during the series as it gave an insight into being deaf. 

It comes as the star is urging England to give sign language legal status – an implementation she said would be ‘so emotional’ for the deaf community. 

Magic: The first show kicked off in Birmingham on Thursday night and the audience could see a British Sign Language interpreter blown up on the big screen

Magic: The first show kicked off in Birmingham on Thursday night and the audience could see a British Sign Language interpreter blown up on the big screen

Got the groove: The winners also shimmied across the dance floor doing the salsa to Cuba by The Gibson Brothers

Got the groove: The winners also shimmied across the dance floor doing the salsa to Cuba by The Gibson Brothers

The actress has voiced fears of the country’s current situation, which often sees deaf children receive serious diagnoses from their doctor without a translator.    

Scotland is the first of the four nations to enshrine the language law – but the soap star, gracing the front of The Big Issue, is campaigning for the same down south. 

The British Sign Language (Scotland) Act came into force in October 2015 and means public bodies have an obligation to provide interpreters for deaf people using services like the NHS and education.  

It's a 10! The judges were back once again with their paddleboards (pictured Craig Revel Horwood, Shirley Ballas and Bruno)

It’s a 10! The judges were back once again with their paddleboards (pictured Craig Revel Horwood, Shirley Ballas and Bruno) 

Stylish: Meanwhile, injured Strictly star Karen Hauer was seen in Leeds centre wearing a chic yellow jacket with a Louis Vuitton bag

Recovery: Karen has been battling a recent knee injury

Stylish: Meanwhile, injured Strictly star Karen Hauer was seen in Leeds centre wearing a chic yellow jacket with a Louis Vuitton bag 

As part of the Strictly champ’s campaigning, she is backing West Lancashire Labour MP Rosie Cooper’s Private Members’ bill that aims to declare BSL an official language with rights attached as it goes to its second reading in the House of Commons on January 28.

Last week, the Frankie Lewis actress told This Morning: ‘I have heard so many stories about deaf people going to a doctor, they ask for an interpreter, and they don’t refer them an interpreter, so they end up needing their child to translate, or a family member.  

‘That shouldn’t be. Because it’s not an official language, we can’t do anything about it.’

At present, the only requirement for a qualified interpreter in England is in the court system. 

Here come the girls: Shirley gave a wave to cameras as she was seen in Birmingham

Distracted: Jowita Przystał chatted on the phone as she was seen on Friday morning

Here come the girls: Shirley gave a wave to cameras as she was seen in Birmingham alongside Jowita Przystał (R) 

Shop till you drop! Amy Dowden popped to the shops ahead of the second show on Friday

Shop till you drop! Amy Dowden popped to the shops ahead of the second show on Friday

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