Tea Dance brings back memories of happy times

Dance partners Ron and Shirley Bowie are looking forward to the Tea Dance organised by Age Concern Marlborough.
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Dance partners Ron and Shirley Bowie are looking forward to the Tea Dance organised by Age Concern Marlborough.

The sound of a song from a bygone era quickens her heart and brings a smile to her face.

Shirley Bowie, 87, stands in the arms of husband Ron, and gently sways to the music as it transports her back in time to her dancing days.

The Blenheim couple are looking forward to Age Concern Marlborough's annual Tea Dance, which this year concentrates on music from the 1950s and 60s.

Age Concern Marlborough community support worker Catherine Donnelly says the night will be fun for everyone involved.

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"The dances have definitely been popular as they offer a chance to do something a bit different and have a good time with friends or even make some new ones," she says.

Live entertainment will be provided by Janet and the Orphans Band and the early evening event will include a light meal and a raffle and prizes.

For Shirley, the dance is a chance to reminisce about past times.

"I learnt ballroom dancing in England in about 1955.

"I went to a girls school in Yorkshire so, of course, I learnt to lead and I'm still somewhat inclined to do that.

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"I have to stop myself telling Ron where he should be going when we dance, and I have to stop myself from trying to take over," she says.

The pair, who met playing golf at Rarangi Golf Club, do not dance much now but are still keen to try when the chance comes up.

Ron, 87, says while his wife is "naturally gifted" on the dance floor he has a tendency to "flop about".

"I'll give it a go, but I think our best dancing days are behind us now but she's put up with me this long so I'm sure we can manage a few more," he says.

The Tea Dance takes place on October 1 from 4pm until 7pm at the Clubs of Marlborough. Tickets are $10 per person and are available from Age Concern Marlborough, Grey Power, the Clubs of Marlborough and Ken Ham Music Works.

 - The Marlborough Express

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