Tea dancers waltz again

Future looks bright for twinkle-toed dancers

IPSWICH: Twinkle-toed tea dancers were tripping the light fantastic once more as their club has found a new home.

Members of the group for deaf and hearing people, were forced to close their group when their usual base at Suffolk Deaf Association’s headquarters in Fonnereau Road shut in December.

But thanks to generous support, dancers enjoyed their first meeting in their new home Christ Church hall in Tacket Street, Ipswich on Wednesday.

Tom Sharland, 82, who founded the group three years ago, said: “It is wonderful to be here.

“We had one door close but another one has opened.”

Around 70 people flocked to the tea dance, to try out their waltz and quick step.

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David Goldsmith, mayor of Ipswich, was guest of honour with his wife, Sue, and the pair joined the many other couples for a turn around the floor.

Mr Goldsmith said: “It is a great hall and it is wonderful they could come.

“It is a great place to come and have an afternoon out.”

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