Stroll down melody lane couple's cup of tea

23:58, Jan 07 2014
Tea and Tunes
HAPPY FEET: Mini and Leo van Dillen, of New Plymouth, said the songs played at yesterday’s Tea and Tunes concert at TSB Bowls of Brooklands brought back many fond memories of their dancing days.

Tea cups tinkled and chimed to the beat of music as 170 guests gathered for an afternoon of Tea and Tunes at the TSB Bowls of Brooklands yesterday.

The event is part of the Festival of Lights celebrations.

Marion Rivers and the Funtime Band and the New Plymouth Rock'n'Roll Club entertained visitors with music and dance moves from yesteryear.

New Plymouth couple, Leo and Mini van Dillen, of Molly Ryan Lifecare and Retirement Village, said the songs brought back a lot of "dancing memories" shared from the days they danced around town.

"It's good music," Mr van Dillen said. "It's our music." He also said there was still "a bit of dance" in him.

It was the van Dillens' first time at the concert, an annual event for Telford Care Home residents.


It was also a special afternoon for resident Ruth O'Neill.

She said she was "extremely proud" to watch son and Funtime Band member, Danny, perform.

Telford activities co-ordinator Tania O'Donnell and diversional therapist Margaret Daly said the "beautiful atmosphere and setting" coupled with the music made for a very pleasant afternoon.

NPDC events manager Melissa Devine-Collins said she was pleased with the "huge turnout".

"Numbers have grown since last year," she said.

Guests had to register this year so numbers could be easily accommodated.

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