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Burlesque dancers at National Trust's Killerton House

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Media captionFelicity Boucher explains how Killerton House's costume collection lends itself to burlesque

Burlesque dancers will be part of a National Trust event as part of an attempt to attract younger visitors.

The troupe will be part of a vintage weekend taking place at Killerton House, near Exeter in Devon.

The charity said the dancers would be showing off their corsets, feathers and pearls.

It said the "tasteful dancing" would be part of the evening entertainment and was appropriate for the Victorian themed event.

Vintage fashion, music, cars and crafts will also be part of the weekend.

Felicity Boucher, from the property, said: "We've never tried anything like this before but the back drop of the house and garden seemed like the perfect setting for an evening of cocktails and nostalgic appeal.

"It's not about burlesque it's about the costume collection... we want to celebrate everything that's vintage and a big part of that is burlesque and the costumes they wore.

"There's no stripping, there's nothing like that, it's a family show."

The dancers will accompany a singer who specialises in music from the 1920-40s.

Ms Boucher said: "We look after corsets here and we preserve them... it's not a 1950s strip show or anything sleazy."

She added she hoped the event would attract people who would not normally "think about the National Trust".

The event will be held on 22 and 23 June, with a burlesque dinner taking place the following weekend at the trust's Trelissick Garden, near Truro, in Cornwall.

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