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Victorious Tom thanks Derbyshire
Fresh from his Strictly Come Dancing victory, Derbyshire's Tom Chambers talks to BBC Radio Derby's Shane O'Connor about his dramatic night.
Tom and Camilla celebrate their win
Tom Chambers, the Pride of Parwich, says his feet haven't touched the ground after he took first place in BBC One's Strictly Come Dancing final on Saturday.
The 31-year-old actor beat Rachel Stevens and Lisa Snowden to the title after a nerve-wracking evening which saw him nearly lose his composure after a trip during one of the dances.
After being crowned as the overall winner, Tom dedicated his win to dancing partner Camilla Dallerup and his wife Clare, who he married during the show's run.
He said: "It's all been a bit of whirlwind really. More than anything I was pleased for Camilla because it meant the world to her.
"When I tripped it felt a bit like leaving the handbrake off on a hill - I tried to focus on the recovery but for a while I didn't know which foot was meant to be where."
Tom said it was the support he got from people in Derbyshire, and in particular his home village of Parwich, which spurred him on to victory.
He said: "Knowing so many members of the public picked up the phone and voted for me was quite humbling really. It was people in Derbyshire who made sure I stayed in the competition.
"And one of the best bits was being given my own Derby County shirt with 'Chambers' written on the back."
Brucie congratulates the pair
Now the competition is over, Tom has no plans to hang up his dancing shoes just yet. He's about to start filming the Christmas special and is joining a nationwide tour with other dancers from the programme.
He said: "To call on that old-fashioned phrase, I just want to keep on dancing. I'd like to bring more dancing into television and films.
"There's got to scope for that because people obviously enjoy watching it and I'm in my element so that's what I want to keep on doing."
But for now, Tom's main concern is spending some quality time with new wife Clare, who he wed halfway through the series.
He explained: "Hopefully me and Clare are going to be going away for our honeymoon on Boxing Day.
"I'd thought that moving the wedding would be the hard bit but in fact what I've missed has been the enjoyment of being a newlywed for a while.
"As soon as you learn a few bars of a new dance, it's on your mind so I've been totally pre-occupied with the competition and I definitely owe Clare some time now."
You can send your messages of congratulations to Tom using the form below.
last updated: 22/12/2008 at 12:02
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glad yuo won m8 we had a long conversation with you in the bulls head in repton well done see you at the nec
Woooooo!!! Congrats! I knew you were gonna win from the very start your amazing! Remeber to come back to Derbyshire and maybe you could do a special show for us in Chesterfield I bet the whole of the town would pay to come and see it lol!! I tell you something that would not be D U L L!! Always Love you xxxxx
Om my god!!!!!!!!!!! Tom you were the winner for me right from the start! Your show dance was amazing! I watched it over and over again. Finally Camilla has found a fantastic partner to win the competition with. I was overjoyed to hear that you won. HA HA HA to Rachel! Well done!!!!!!! As Craig would say,"It wasn't a DI-SAAAAAAAAAAAAAA-STER!" Merry Xmas. Maybe yu should do Dancing on ice? So you could whop peoples butts again!!! Luv u. Well done.
Well done Tom - you did Derbyshire proud! Enjoy your honeymoon!
Congratulations Tom, you thoroughly deserved to win. The show dance was the best I've ever seen, looking forward to the live show in nottingham. Merry Christmas.
HI Tom all my colleagues at Manor House and my Family in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire all send their love and congratulations to you what a wonderful weekend it is turning out to be. Have a lovely hunnymoon you deserve it.Congratulations again and a big kiss maybe we will watch Fred and Ginger movies
Tom, your dancing was great, but as a person you are just fantastic. How you supported Lisa when Brendon had his one 'wobble' of the series made you the complete package. As for the show dance........ what can we say FAN - TAS -TIC
Well done tom and camilla what a great show dance .See you in Nottingham.Hope you and Clare enjoy your holiday and Christmas.
Many congratulations, Tom. We all thought your show dance was absolutely FANTASTIC!!! Hope your success will rub off on the Rams!
Many congratulation Tom, always knew you could do it