3 April 2017

Friday nights are not just for late night revellers in Sheffield City Centre, as older people showed when they waltzed and tangoed through the Winter Garden last Friday (31 March).

With live music from organist Aubrey Robinson, more than 100 older people put on their dancing shoes and grabbed their partners in the latest tea dance held in the beautiful surroundings of Sheffield’s Winter Garden, from 6.30pm to 8.30pm.

With tea, coffee, cake and scones served throughout, the dancers were given the perfect opportunity to socialise, be active and experience the city at night.

Councillor Mary Lea, Cabinet Member for Culture, Sport and Leisure at Sheffield City Council said: “It’s fantastic to see our older generation getting out in to the city centre in the evening, and enjoying the beautiful setting of our Winter Garden. Events like this demonstrate the inclusivity of Sheffield’s vibrant nightlife, which caters for people of all ages and interests.

“Sheffield is renowned as one of the safest places to go out at night, as recognised nationally by our recent Purple Flag Award, and I hope this gives more people the confidence to explore Sheffield at night.

“Organised dances like these are also a great way for older people to stay active which we know has huge benefits to physical and mental wellbeing. With more events like this on our evening calendar I would encourage people to come along for a waltz, a natter and of course a good cuppa”.

The tea dance, which was just £2 per person, was sponsored by St Paul’s Mercure Hotel, who provided tea, coffee and biscuits, and Marks & Spencer, who provided scones and wine. All the money raised was put back into the event.

Tea dances and similar events will take place in the city centre throughout the year. People can find out about future events by checking the Winter Garden notice boards, following @wintergardenM on twitter and Sheffield City Centre on Facebook.