Founded 1984

Our 35th Anniversary Ball was held at Herne Bay and what a lovely seaside setting we had. The ballroom was the Kings Hall which was on the sea front and it was lovely with a nice separate seating area for refreshments during the intervals. The actual floor although a little misshapen was ideal for our 100+ dancers. We were honoured to have the Lord Mayor of Canterbury open the proceedings on the Saturday night. All three nights dancing were brilliant Friday’s leaders were Virginia Saunders, Tracey Bennett and Sandra Harris who were excellent exponents of old time dancing. Saturday’s leaders were Richard Purcell and Joyce Hutchins. This was Richard’s “swan song” and he will be greatly missed by us all. He always entertains well and produces wonderful leading, we wish him well in the future. On Sunday night the fabulous duo of Christine and Robert Haywood gave a great demonstration of how to dance at the top level.

Our raffle on the Saturday raised £237:50 and I would particularly like to thank Mark Hill (Hairdresser to the stars) for his kind prize donations. I would also thank those members who brought prizes for the raffle.

I am sure like Ann and myself those attending will have thoroughly enjoyed each evening and there is no doubt it was like being amongst a big family and long may this continue.

Our hotel for this event was The Abbots Barton Hotel in Canterbury. This hotel was a mix of old and new having been built for a residence in 1830 until 1927 when it was converted into a hotel. Best Western currently own it and are undertaking a great deal of improvements. The rooms were spacious and comfortable and the facilities good. A down side was the restricted menu with only three choices of mains each night one being a vegetarian. The presentation was good but some of the food was not so good.

There was plenty to do in Canterbury, Ann and I even did a a river trip in a punt which was really relaxing. The Cathedral was being renovated with scaffolding embracing most of it and despite this there was still a charge of £17 to visit it and the gardens! Not many paid this, I felt it was extortionate so gave it a miss.

On the Sunday a large group of us went on a bus tour so that Hazel HardIng could use her brand new bus pass which she has been waiting for over the last few years, we had a lovely day as well as a good laugh when singing nursery rhymes on the bus, local passengers quickly avoided the top deck where we were sat!

A very memorable anniversary weekend.

Happy Dancing

Alan Grohs

Press Officer

BOY 2019 Hern Bay/Canterbury report