150 residents waltz the day away

Release Date: 02 May 2017

More than 150 senior residents put on their dancing shoes and took to the dance floor yesterday, to try their hand at the tango, waltz and jive at the annual Council Tea Dance.

The guests were entertained by a live band and were treated to tea and cake throughout the afternoon.

The event had a digital twist, attendees were encouraged to use tablets to vote for what songs they would like the band to play. As well as volunteers giving some impromptu ‘IT’ help – using the tablets to show attendees how they can make the most of using the internet, online shopping and use social media.

A local resident attending the Tea Dance said:

“I love love love dancing, and these days there are not many places where you can dance to live music. It’s great to listen to the tunes we know at the Tea Dance and everyone is so social here! We enjoyed the afternoon tremendously.”

Richmond Council’s Mayor, Cllr David Linnette, said:

“The Tea Dance is always a key date in the calendar for older residents and this year was no different. It is one of a number of initiatives we deliver throughout the year to tackle loneliness and isolation of residents over 55 and connect them with the community, learning more about digital technology plays a large role here as well.

Thank you to everyone for attending and to the volunteers who made it possible. I am looking forward to next year already.”

To register to hear about future events for older residents visit our Full of Life page.

Notes for editors

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Reference: P198/17

Updated: 31 May 2017