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Angela Rippon, 79, appears in good spirits as she parties with her TV legend pals Moira Stuart, 74, Lulu, 75 and more at star-studded bash to celebrate end of Strictly live tour

Angela Rippon was in good spirits as she partied with her show business legend pals at a party to celebrate the end of the Strictly Come Dancing tour on Monday.

The television presenter, 79, appeared on last year’s series of the BBC ballroom dance contest and also took part in the live tour this year with her professional parter Kai Widdrington, 28.

Broadcaster Angela, who was the host of the BBC’s original dance competition show Come Dancing between 1988 and 1991, showed off her chic sense of style in a black trouser suit for the bash which was held at the Revery Bar at the London Hilton on Park Lane.

She was seen posing with former newsreader Moira Stuart, 74, who donned a royal blue shirt over a black top which she teamed with matching black trousers.

Former Top Gear co-host Angela was also seen posing with singer Lulu, 75, who looked glamorous in a mirrored silver jacket. 

Angela Rippon was in good spirits as she partied with her show business legend pals at a party to celebrate the end of the Strictly Come Dancing tour on Monday (pictured with Moira Stuart)

Angela Rippon was in good spirits as she partied with her show business legend pals at a party to celebrate the end of the Strictly Come Dancing tour on Monday (pictured with Moira Stuart)

The television presenter, 79, appeared on last year's series of the BBC ballroom dance contest and also took part in the live tour this year with her professional parter Kai Widdrington, 28 (pictured with singer Lulu)

The television presenter, 79, appeared on last year’s series of the BBC ballroom dance contest and also took part in the live tour this year with her professional parter Kai Widdrington, 28 (pictured with singer Lulu)

Broadcaster Angela, who was the host of the BBC's original dance competition show Come Dancing between 1988 and 1991, showed off her chic sense of style in a black trouser suit (pictured with her Strictly Come Dancing partner Kai Widdrington)

Broadcaster Angela, who was the host of the BBC’s original dance competition show Come Dancing between 1988 and 1991, showed off her chic sense of style in a black trouser suit (pictured with her Strictly Come Dancing partner Kai Widdrington)

She wore a black top and a matching pair of trousers while shielding her eyes behind a pair of dark sunglasses.

Angela appeared delighted to be in the company of her Strictly dancer partner Kai, with the pair showing off some of their moves for party guests.

Kai was see tilting Angela back as they put on a short impromptu performance, with the pair falling about in fits of giggles.

Twinkle-toed star Kai looked dapper in a charcoal grey three-piece suit which he teamed with a white shirt and a slate grey tie.

Angela was also seen smiling as she posed with Michael Buerk at the party.

The former newsreader, 77, wore a grey jacket over a black turtle neck top which he teamed with a pair of trousers in the same colour.

Also in attendance was television presenter Alice Beer, 58, who looked chic in a white satin shirt with a plunging neckline.

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She wore a suede black coat over the top and opted for a pair of flared trousers in the same colour. 

The bash was held at the Revery Bar at the London Hilton on Park Lane and she was seen posing with singer Lulu, 75, who looked glamorous in a mirrored silver jacket.

The bash was held at the Revery Bar at the London Hilton on Park Lane and she was seen posing with singer Lulu, 75, who looked glamorous in a mirrored silver jacket.

She wore a black top and a matching pair of trousers while shielding her eyes behind a pair of dark sunglasses

She wore a black top and a matching pair of trousers while shielding her eyes behind a pair of dark sunglasses

Angela was seen posing with former newsreader Moira Stuart, 74, who donned a royal blue shirt over a black top which she teamed with matching black trousers

Angela was seen posing with former newsreader Moira Stuart, 74, who donned a royal blue shirt over a black top which she teamed with matching black trousers

Moira smiled as she posed alongside journalist Camilla Tominey who wore a pink blouse and grey trousers

Moira smiled as she posed alongside journalist Camilla Tominey who wore a pink blouse and grey trousers

Angela appeared delighted to be in the company of her Strictly dancer partner Kai, with the pair showing off some of their moves for party guests

Angela appeared delighted to be in the company of her Strictly dancer partner Kai, with the pair showing off some of their moves for party guests

Kai was see tilting Angela back as they put on a short impromptu performance, with the pair falling about in fits of giggles

Kai was see tilting Angela back as they put on a short impromptu performance, with the pair falling about in fits of giggles

Twinkle-toed star Kai looked dapper in a charcoal grey three-piece suit which he teamed with a white shirt and a slate grey tie

Twinkle-toed star Kai looked dapper in a charcoal grey three-piece suit which he teamed with a white shirt and a slate grey tie

Angela appeared determined to keep her dancing skills up to par, stealing a moment with Kai to get some practice in

Angela appeared determined to keep her dancing skills up to par, stealing a moment with Kai to get some practice in

She could be seen glancing down towards the ground and over to her foot to make sure her technique was correct

She could be seen glancing down towards the ground and over to her foot to make sure her technique was correct

Angela and Kai wore broad smiles across their faces and gave themselves a round of applause after showing off their dance moves

Angela and Kai wore broad smiles across their faces and gave themselves a round of applause after showing off their dance moves

(L-R) Singer and actress Elaine Paige was seen with BBC Radio Scotland host Billy Differ and writer Frances Edmonds at the bash

(L-R) Singer and actress Elaine Paige was seen with BBC Radio Scotland host Billy Differ and writer Frances Edmonds at the bash

Also in attendance was television presenter Alice Beer, 58, who looked chic in a white satin shirt with a plunging neckline

Also in attendance was television presenter Alice Beer, 58, who looked chic in a white satin shirt with a plunging neckline

She wore a suede black coat over the top and opted for a pair of flared trousers in the same colour

She wore a suede black coat over the top and opted for a pair of flared trousers in the same colour

Meanwhile, Strictly Come Dancing’s Bobby Brazier appeared to be enjoying himself as he spent time with his co-stars from the show.

He could be seen laughing and smiling having stopped by at the TV Choice Awards which were also being held in the hotel that evening.

Actor and model Bobby, 20, wore a grey top and a pair of navy blue trousers.

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Angela completed the Strictly tour but suffered a health blow towards the end when a ‘serious asthma attack’ caused her to stop breathing. 

In an Instagram post earlier this month, she said she had been dancing on stage in Liverpool on Wednesday night when she suffered the ‘major medical meltdown’.

After receiving treatment from paramedics on site, she explained that she could breathe again but was prescribed two days of bed rest by the doctor, causing her to miss shows in Leeds.

Angela confirmed she was ‘dancing fit’ again and rejoined the tour at Manchester’s AO Arena with her dance partner Kai.

She said: ‘Hello everyone, I’m afraid I’ve been off the grid for a couple of days because, as some of you may know, I suffered a major medical meltdown at the beginning of the week.

Meanwhile, Strictly Come Dancing's Bobby Brazier appeared to be enjoying himself as he spent time with his co-stars from the show

Meanwhile, Strictly Come Dancing’s Bobby Brazier appeared to be enjoying himself as he spent time with his co-stars from the show

He could be seen laughing and smiling having stopped by at the TV Choice Awards which were also being held in the hotel that evening

He could be seen laughing and smiling having stopped by at the TV Choice Awards which were also being held in the hotel that evening

Actor and model Bobby, 20, wore a grey top and a pair of navy blue trousers

Actor and model Bobby, 20, wore a grey top and a pair of navy blue trousers

He was seen hugging Angela after arriving the party following the TV Choice Awards which he attended earlier in the evening

He was seen hugging Angela after arriving the party following the TV Choice Awards which he attended earlier in the evening

Strictly Come Dancing professional Carlos Gu (left) smiled as he posed with Angela, Bobby and Kai

Strictly Come Dancing professional Carlos Gu (left) smiled as he posed with Angela, Bobby and Kai

Angela could be seen smiling with her mouth open wide as Carlos planted a kiss on her cheek at the bash

Angela could be seen smiling with her mouth open wide as Carlos planted a kiss on her cheek at the bash

Carlos showed off his edgy sense of style as he wore a one-shoulder top with tasseled detail and a pair of smart black trousers

Carlos showed off his edgy sense of style as he wore a one-shoulder top with tasseled detail and a pair of smart black trousers

Carlos, Angela and the father of former Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Stanley Johnson, could be seen posing together at the party

Carlos, Angela and the father of former Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Stanley Johnson, could be seen posing together at the party

Nancy Xu showed off her chic sense of style as she wore a white trouser suit for the evening

Nancy Xu showed off her chic sense of style as she wore a white trouser suit for the evening

‘When we were in Liverpool I managed to pick up an infection which went straight to my chest.

‘It affected my breathing very badly and, as some of you may know, I do suffer from asthma.

‘And on Wednesday evening, when I was about to go on and dance the Cha Cha Cha, I’m afraid the infection triggered a serious asthma attack and when I started to dance, I stopped breathing basically.

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‘Which was all a bit scary, not just for me, but for Kai as well because I was a bit like a rag doll on the dance floor – sorry Liverpool.

‘And I think Kai wasn’t really quite sure what was happening but, fortunately, we always had paramedics in the arenas when we perform and when I came off they gave me oxygen so I was able to breathe again, and also make the trip to Leeds.’

She explained that once she got to Leeds, the company doctor told her the infection was ‘a lot worse’ than she had first thought and requested she rest and prescribed ‘a very impressive regime of medication’.

Following the treatment, she is back on her feet, adding: ‘I can’t say I’m fighting fit, but I’m certainly dancing fit so I’m ready to start ripping up the dance floor again on the tour, starting right here tonight in Manchester.’

The broadcaster also thanked everyone who sent her ‘wonderful messages’, noting that she feels the support and medication have ‘worked their magic’.

Angela was also seen smiling as she posed with Michael Buerk at the party. The former newsreader, 77, wore a grey jacket over a black turtle neck top

Angela was also seen smiling as she posed with Michael Buerk at the party. The former newsreader, 77, wore a grey jacket over a black turtle neck top

Myleene Klass looked stylish in a black dress with semi sheer and lace detail as she posed with her friend Simon Jones

Myleene Klass looked stylish in a black dress with semi sheer and lace detail as she posed with her friend Simon Jones

Television presenter Nick Knowles looked dapper in a black suit as he posed with his fiancée Katie Dadzie

Television presenter Nick Knowles looked dapper in a black suit as he posed with his fiancée Katie Dadzie

Angela made history last year as Strictly's oldest contestant at the age of 79 (pictured on Strictly in September)

Angela made history last year as Strictly’s oldest contestant at the age of 79 (pictured on Strictly in September) 

During Strictly last year, Angela impressed viewers with her flexibility and made it to the Blackpool Tower Ballroom special in November before being eliminated following a dance-off with actor Bobby Brazier.

The Strictly tour opened at Birmingham’s Utilita Arena on January 19 before moving to Sheffield, Newcastle, Glasgow and Liverpool, Leeds, Manchester and London.

Strictly Come Dancing winner Ellie Leach and her partner partner Vito Coppola also took part in the tour as well as finalists Layton Williams and Bobby. News presenter Krishnan Guru-Murthy, Irish TV presenter Angela Scanlon and former tennis star Annabel Croft were also among the line-up.

At the end of each show, the audience voted to decide who won the coveted glitterball trophy.

Angela previously hosted Come Dancing on BBC One (pictured on the show in 1988)

Angela previously hosted Come Dancing on BBC One (pictured on the show in 1988) 

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