Jubilee tea dancers toasting the Queen

Epworth Thurlow Pavilion dancers celebrating the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.
Epworth Thurlow Pavilion dancers celebrating the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

HOT to trot when it came to marking the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee were members of the weekly Thurlow Pavilion tea dance group in Epworth.

To celebrate the special occasion the dancers, who meet every Tuesday afternoon, decided to organise a “bring and share” tea dance and during the proceedings the National Anthem was sung.

Spokesman Eric Tomlinson said: “The Queen was also toasted on reaching her 60 years in office as our much loved sovereign.

“With one or two exceptions the dancers had also celebrated the original crowning of Princess Elizabeth in 1953 at street parties or watched the original event on grainy black and white television sets (with 12 inch screens) which were just beginning to make a foothold into the lives of the more affluent citizens at that time.”

The Tuesday afternoon sequence tea dance has been running continuously since 1986 and was originally introduced by Dennis and Muriel Piercy as a fundraising event to help pay for repairs and maintenance costs for the pavilion.

Unfortunately Dennis died in the late nineties but Muriel has continued to run the dances. Through their efforts and through the years, over £20,000 has been raised by the dance since its inception 26 years ago.

The dance takes place at 2pm and is open to everyone, there are no membership fees and sessions are just £1 which includes two hours of music and at the interval free tea, biscuits and a ticket to a free raffle.

For more information phone 01427 872683.