Dan Walker leaves Strictly partner Nadiya Bychkova emotional with poignant gift

Dan Walker treated his Strictly Come Dancing professional partner Nadiya Bychkova to a very special Christmas gift.

The touching offering left Strictly professional Nadia overcome with emotions as she received the present from her dance partner after they struck up a friendship working together on the show.

Dan, 44, uploaded an image to his Instagram of Nadiya holding the personalised gift and beaming with delight.

The present was a portrait featuring a representation of Dan and Nadiya dancing with all of the things she 'loves' about Sheffield interspersed around them.

Nadiya relocated to Sheffield to aid with Dan's training for Strictly – and the dedication clearly paid off with them making it all the way to the quarter-finals.

Dan and his wife Sarah and their three children aged 14, 12, and 10 all live in the city.

Nadiya previously told Claudia Winkleman: "I'm absolutely in love with Sheffield. I think it's amazing.

"I'm almost part of Dan's family now. We have some amazing curry nights when I'm in Sheffield."

Sharing his thoughtful gift to Instagram Dan wrote: "Lots of people have asked me if I got my Professional Partner @nadiyabychkova a present for the end of #Strictly and or Christmas.

"The answer is ‘yes’ and this was it… a gorgeous commission from the brilliant Sheffield artist @alanpenningtonart.

"He’s managed to capture all the things which made Strictly so special this year and all the things Nadiya loved about Sheffield. Thanks Alan and Merry Christmas partner."

Nadiya then replied: "Partner, you are THE BEST. It’s a perfect gift. THANK YOU so much! Merry Christmas partner you to and your beautiful family."

The Ukranian star was seen sobbing in a taxi after being voted off just short of the semi-finals.

At the time she explained: "They were happy tears because I’d had a great year. It’s always emotional because you put in so much of your time and energy but it’s all very positive. I made a great friend. It feels like we’ll stay friends for life.

"Dan is probably one of the kindest people on this planet. He is very caring and always looking after other people. He is selfless and a gentleman."

Nadiya shares a daughter with her Slovenian footballer partner Matija Skarabot.

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