Some of Tower Hamlets’ older residents put on their festive costumes and quick-stepped into the spirit of the season at the annualOver 50s Christmas Tea Dance in Tower Hamlets.
The strictly free and hugely popular ballroom dancing event was on December 9 at the glass-fronted Art Pavilion in Mile End Park. It was put on by the borough’s arts and events team to tackle the issue of loneliness among local senior citizens.
More than 100 people aged over 50 took part, enjoyed refreshments and mince pies, and were entertained by Sunshine Kings, a popular jazz and swing band.
Dance teacher Tony Lane demonstrated waltz and other ballroom and Latin dance steps.
Ann Lau, 55, said: “It’s my first time to attend this event, and I have just made friends with other ladies sitting next to me.”
Alison Denning, festivals and events officer of Tower Hamlets, said: “It’s only for Tower Hamlets residents over 50s, and it’s free.”
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