Stage set for a genuine bobby dazzler?

19:27, Jul 28 2014
greg ballantyne, jimmy mangos
COP THIS ACT: Sergeant Greg Ballantyne, left, and Senior Constable Jimmy Mangos, of Southland, are ready to perform as a duo in a fundraising Stars in Their Eyes Show in Winton on Saturday night.

Two well-known Winton police officers are swapping their handcuffs for microphones when they hit the stage for a fundraising show.

Sergeant Greg Ballantyne and Senior Constable Jimmy Mangos will be one of 12 acts to take part in a Stars in Their Eyes Show in Winton, organised by the Limehills Home and School Association to raise funds.

On Saturday night, the pair will relinquish their blue uniforms, and could don anything from lurex to lycra for their performance, which they insist is all for a good cause.

"It's a community thing and we're just keen to be involved and help raise some money," Ballantyne said.

Mangos agreed and said it was important to do their bit for Winton. "This is our community. We've both done most of our policing here and we know most of the Central Southland community. It's just nice to be involved."

While their lips were sealed about which musical duo they would become on the night, they suggested it would rate higher on the "entertainment than the talent" scale.

"We just encourage people to come along and have some fun," Ballantyne said.

Tickets for the event are $40 and can be bought from the Limehills School office.

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