Dancing event is a top move

Karen Bower and Edward Farley take to the floor during the fund-raising tea dance.
Karen Bower and Edward Farley take to the floor during the fund-raising tea dance.

DOZENS of people moved their feet to a fund-raising beat at a new event in Morpeth.

Northumberland County Blind Association organised a Tea Dance in Staithes Lane, which was attended by 47 guests as well as staff and volunteers.

After a tasty lunch at Reiver House, they enjoyed live music provided by organist Keith Shirley and took part in a dance around the adjacent Scout Hut.

The event was a first for the association and guests gave excellent feedback. The money it collected will go towards providing help and support to blind and partially-sighted people throughout the county.

Volunteer Co-ordinator Fran Smith said: “The day not only raised over £450, but was an opportunity for our clients to participate in an alternative social event. They had a most memorable and enjoyable afternoon.

“We would like to thank the volunteers for all their help on the day, Winn Ratcliffe, who runs a weekly tea dance at Holy Family Church, Stakeford, for all her help and support organising the event and Morpeth Scouts for letting us use their room.

“We’re also grateful to the following businesses for their kind donations: Sarah’s Florist, Sweet and Savoury, Deli-Licious, Donkins Bakery (Ashington), Dickinson’s (Guide Post), Glentons, Morrisons, E Price fruit and veg shop and the Chantry Tea Room (Morpeth).”

A ‘See-side walk’ is being held for the charity at Newbiggin-by-the-Sea Promenade on Sunday, September 8.

Participants will walk a distance of approximately 1.5 miles and some of them will be blindfolded to highlight the difficulties experienced by those with sight loss in getting from A to B.

For more information, telephone 01670 514316.