JOIN OLYMPIAN DON FOR TEA AND A TWIRL

TEA DANCERS HAVE PROVED THAT AGE IS NO BAR­RIER AND NOW THEY NEED YOU...

Harefield Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

WHEN for­mer Olympian Don McKel­low and his wife Beryl re­tired nearly 30 years ago, lit­tle did they know that their new hobby of danc­ing would turn into more than a pas­time.

Mr and Mrs Melody, as they are also known, reg­u­larly hold tea dances in the lo­cal area and are look­ing for new dancers to join their Tues­day af­ter­noon Tea Dance at Yiewsley and West Dray­ton Com­mu­nity Cen­tre.

It doesn’t mat­ter if your knowl­edge of danc­ing is rusty or lim­ited, as Don and Beryl, now 92, will teach you the steps or you can just pop along for a cup of tea and bis­cuits.

Don, a for­mer cy­clist who com­peted in the 1,000 me­tre time trial event at the 1952 sum­mer Olympics in Helsinki, said: “At our age it’s im­por­tant to stay fit both ac­tively and men­tally.

“The so­cial side of danc­ing keeps us young and we’ve made so many friends from it. We are a small group but we know that West Dray­ton and the lo­cal area have lots of men and women who sit at home, iso­lated, but still have the abil­ity to dance or just want to en­joy the so­cial side and mu­sic.

“Our ages range from early 50s to 94, so age is not a bar­rier.”

If you fancy do­ing a wicked waltz or other scan­dalous dances go along on Tues­days to West Dray­ton Com­mu­nity Cen­tre, Os­car Frey Hall, at 2pm or con­tact Don on 01895 422776. Tick­ets cost £3.50.

Don McKel­low at the 1952 Olympics

Don McKel­low who runs a reg­u­lar tea dance in West Fray­ton. Be­low, some of the group’s reg­u­lar mem­bers

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