Founded 1984

Report of Spring Weekend Torquay

Press Officer Report

Our first four day event plus the prospect of Bank holiday traffic, would we survive? Those members who travelled to the event on Good Friday did have delays to contend with but most arrived in time to enjoy an afternoon of early spring sunshine. Unfortunately those that drove from Cambridge had to endure a very long delay but everyone manage to arrive in time for dinner and our first evening of dancing. Friday saw the Society debut of Hilary and Nigel Carter taking the lead and what a splendid job they did quickly settling in as if they had been doing it for years. Their lead was excellent and Nigel proved very adept as our M.C. Hilary very elegant in a teal chiffon circle skirt with matching teal and black top and Nigel very dapper in his evening suit. Spot prizes were awarded during the progressive's all wrapped in brown paper bags thus adding to the excitement of will the spinning bottle of fate choose me and what will I win? The evening was a great success ending with rapturous applause and appreciation.

We awoke the next morning to very inclement weather. After an excellent breakfast some members took advantage of the hotels excellent facilities whilst others braved the elements to venture outdoors, one group visiting parts of Torquay never seen before. That evening we all donned our finery ready to enjoy another fantastic evening of dance led by the incomparable pairing of Joyce Hutchins and Richard Purcell.  Joyce very on trend in orange and Richard looking very smart in tails. So elegant on the dance floor and with Richard as host we knew we were in for a good evening, he was in excellent form with funny stories, one liners and quips somehow he had got wind of the fact that several ladies had had an adventure in a well-known High Street store earning Hazel the nickname of Tassels even suggesting there would be a pink windmill tour at midnight to a local nightclub thus giving rise to a little plot being hatched for Monday evening. Spot prizes were given and an Easter themed raffle took place during the interval, raising £143.00. Thank you to area reps Dianne, Terry and Sylvia along with Jean for selling the tickets and to everyone who bought them and contributed to the prizes. A top notch evening of first class dancing ending to thunderous applause.

Just to prove it was Easter, Sunday morning saw the arrival of a herd of bunnies all taken into the warren of the hotel resident rabbit, who gave everyone an Easter egg. As the weather was still wet and windy a dance practise session was put into place featuring some of the dances chosen by our attendees that had not made it onto Monday night’s programme very well attended by about fifty dancers.   

Sunday night was in the hands of the Societies very own golden girls Wendy Cosh and Joy Lewis dressed in matching outfits of black skirts with silvery white and black tops, very smart. Although both new to leading a complete evening they were a joy (no pun intended) to watch lovely precise footwork and beaming smiles ending to a much deserved standing ovation.

Monday morning saw another practise session asked for by our members at which Richard and Joyce taught the Venetian Foxtrot and Grahame and Bernice the Fredericka Blues both the sessions were very well attended hosted by Grahame and the dances led by the Committee and leaders.

The final evening was a collaboration of all the weekend leaders and the Committee the dances being chosen by the attendees. As we led off most of the ladies donned their Easter bonnets, very fetching. Our little plot was launched as Richard and Joyce led their first dance. Christina and Linda from Bath had spent their spare time making tassels, thank you, which the ladies and some of the men strategically attached to their tops causing much hilarity.  An Easter bonnet parade took place during the interval judged by Joyce Parry our most senior member the winner being Cindy from Bath who was very pleased to receive the remaining spot prize her favourite Jelly babies, well done. A wonderful evening full of smiles laughter and a great deal of fun.

Every Society event needs music and weren't we lucky to have David Last as our organist he was in exceptional form playing some truly wonderful compositions that just made you want to get up and dance, he even went above and beyond what could be expected by playing at our morning sessions.

So we did survive our four day event and in spectacular fashion really good friendly service at the hotel with plenty to eat and plenty to do. The overriding feeling was wonderful company enjoying spectacular music and dancing and having fun together.

Sue Hamm (Press Officer)