Strictly Come Dancing contestant Patrick Robinson has revealed training for this Saturday’s show has brought back fond memories of his childhood.

The Casualty actor – who has been tipped by the judges as one to watch in the competition – will perform a foxtrot with partner Anya Garnis to the Nat King Cole classic Let There Be Love.

And he told the Mirror that the song held a special significance for him.

“I remember Sunday morning was always my dad singing Nat King Cole, from when I was seven onwards,” he recalled.

“It was glorious and brought a warm feeling throughout the house.”

Patrick added: “I try to recreate it with my own children, the passing of good music is something I’d like to introduce to them.

“My dad spends his time in Jamaica so I don’t see him that often, but we keep in touch. He would be proud to see me dancing to Nat King Cole.”

The 49-year-old admitted to struggling with nerves last weekend as he performed the tango with Anya – but she added that dancing to this particular song would give him a confidence boost.

“It always helps when you love the song,” she said. “This song means a lot to Patrick. I hope he can put his nerves to one side.”

Patrick is one of 14 remaining celebrities who will take to the floor for Saturday’s love-themed Strictly, which will kick off on BBC One at 6.30pm.

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