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Ipswich dance club throws dedicated member Hazel Upson surprise 90th birthday party

PUBLISHED: 12:39 10 February 2017 | UPDATED: 12:39 10 February 2017

Members of the Let’s Dance 2 club at a surprise 90th birthday party for Hazel Upson at the YMCA Ipswich

Members of the Let's Dance 2 club at a surprise 90th birthday party for Hazel Upson at the YMCA Ipswich

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She may have just turned 90 years old, but Hazel Upson still loves to dance.

To mark the big birthday, her Ipswich dance club, of which she has been a member for 35 years, threw a surprise party.

Although the swinging and swaying has slowed down, Mrs Upson still attends the Let’s Dance 2 group every Tuesday, greets people on their entrance, sells raffle tickets and looks after the membership fees.

Alan Jones, who runs the sessions at YMCA Ipswich, said: “She is part of the team.”

Mr Jones, 79, said the surprise do was the highlight of Mrs Upson’s week.

Dance club member Shirley Woollard, 75, added: “There’s not many 90-year-olds who will turn up every week. She loves the social aspect.”

Mayor of Ipswich Roger Fern made a speech at the gathering.

Mrs Upson has danced since she was a teenager, starting out at The Victory Hall in Bramford.

Let’s Dance 2 is open to all and teaches ballroom, Latin and sequence dancing.

It takes place on Tuesdays between 7.45pm and 9.45pm.

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