Residents from several Four Seasons care homes in Northumberland revived the traditional tea dance when they got together for a social afternoon last week at the New Delaval & Newsham Working Men’s Club. They were joined by friends, relatives and staff, as well as by members of the local community.
As well as taking to the dance floor, guests were invited to take part in a singalong session and there was bingo. A range of refreshments was served and there was a chance to take part in a free raffle.
Tracie White, Regional Operations Manager for Four Seasons in Northumberland, said: “The social afternoon is a great way for residents to get out to enjoy themselves, to meet people from other Four Seasons care homes and to engage with members of the wider local community. We are planning to make the event a regular monthly occurrence.”
The afternoon and early evening dances, with a civilised break for tea and refreshments, are coming back into vogue. Before the 1950s, tea dances were a popular way to socialise; however, they declined in the 60s as the club and disco “scene” emerged. They are now beginning to make a return to popularity, possibly linked to the success of “Strictly Come Dancing.”