A tea dance organised especially for older people in the Cranbrook area brought back memories of their younger days.
Specialist dancers Matthew and Marion from The Ragroof Players wowed the crowd by performing dance displays to authentic vintage music and in glamorous costumes. They encouraged participants onto the dance floor with their unique dance demonstrations of the waltz, foxtrot, cha-cha-cha and paso doble.
Held at sheltered scheme Evernden House, the residents’ communal lounge was transformed into a tea dance venue from bygone days, with a mass of bunting, vintage dance posters and flower arrangements on each table.
Between dance sessions, participants caught their breath with an afternoon tea served in vintage tea cups and saucers with a selection of handmade cakes baked by the group’s volunteers. As two participants, Eileen and Molly were celebrating their birthdays it was a double celebration and an opportunity to sing Happy Birthday.
Memory Lane Café’s organiser Susan Newsam said: “It was such a huge success and exceeded all of my expectations. The dancers were outstanding and made everyone feel most welcome on the dance floor and it was fantastic to see so many people get up and dance. Because of its success we hope to hold another one in the not-too-distant future.”
The event was organised by Memory Lane Café Cranbrook (MLCC), a volunteer-led group which holds monthly themed social events to support older people with memory problems including dementia. MLCC is funded by Kent Community Foundation, Comic Relief and Kent County Council.