Uckfield senior citizens enjoy some song and dance

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Enthusiastic helpers from Uckfield Rotary Club and Uckfield Community Technology College joined forces to stage a party for 148 of the town’s older folk on Saturday.

On the busy programme was an afternoon of dancing and singing accompanied by a splendid tea.

Dance teacher Keith Allen led a spectacular display, and this year had brought with him some of the younger students from his dancing classes, who impressed guests with their developing expertise, especially in the jive. Some guests then took to the floor with Keith, and he led them through a progressive dance.

UCTC students welcomed guests and hosted them at the tables, while other students prepared and served sandwiches, savouries and cakes. During the afternoon guests were entertained by Tim Bramley on the piano and Beth Ellwood’s singing, while Dan Burr, a former student and now a professional magician, performed tricks at the tables.

Such an event required huge planning in advance, and the Rotary Club’s work was made easier by close co-operation with staff at UCTC. Thanks were given to Clare Summons and James Hopper from the College, who supervised arrangements in relation to the accommodation and the preparation and serving of the food.

Rotarians are also grateful to other College staff who were very helpful on the day. Rotarians arranged and provided transport, and poured endless cups of tea and coffee.

The raffle raised some £200, which will be donated to Demelza House Hospice for Children.