Dancing through the decades in Blackpool

8th June, 2015

Residents, staff and friends from most of ExtraCare's Villages and Schemes enjoyed a day in Blackpool's colourful Tower Ballroom.

In addition to long spells of dancing opportunities, after lunch there was a thrilling programme of Dancing Through the Decades, taking guests on a musical journey through time!

The programme covered nine decades of music and dancing, starting in the 1920s with a spectacular Charleston display by the Fever Dance Company.

For the 1930s, ExtraCare’s Activity Team appeared as Wizard of Oz characters and Keir Pedley, Beacon Park Village Activities Facilitator, sang Somewhere Over the Rainbow.

Representing the 1940s was Amy Brown (former Ryfields Village Activities Facilitator) who sang a selection of Vera Lynn classics.

Members of the Activity Team danced to Rock Around the Clock for the 1950s and for the 1960s, there was a tribute performance of Shirley Bassey favourites. Again the ExtraCare team appeared in the 1970s and the Fever Dance Company danced to an Abba selection.

The 1980s was represented by a Michael Jackson act, and for the 1990s the ExtraCare team turned up as the Spice Girls.

The event was brilliantly organised by Activities & Events Manager Donna Ball and her assistant Elaine Henley. The ExtraCare team who took part also included Lynn Mulderrig (The Rose Garden), Chloe Robbins (St Oswald's Village), Amelia Bourne (Terryspring Court), Josh Boardman (Reeve Court Village) and Nathan Duberry (Pannel Croft Village).

It was a first event of its kind for many present, including Marion Newell and Dot Trailor, who will soon be moving into Earlsdon Park Village and thought the day was absolutely fabulous. Brian Whittaker and his wife, who will be moving into Bournville Gardens, were equally thrilled.

One of the oldest dancers was 96-year-old Betty Aspon from Beacon Park, who used to dance there when she was a teenager.

For further details, please contact:

Lucy Henson, Communications Officer
Mob: 0789 105 3062
Email: lucy.henson@extracare.org.uk