Renata and I ran a Dance on New Year's Eve from 2002 to 2005. Then she lost interest in dancing, so it hasn't happened for many years, but this year — 2017 — with the assistance of Harold Bland and Linda Moon — it's finally back again: Click for map.
Music by Mollie Koenigsberger, Alison Ellacott and Colin Messer. Colin Hume will present an evening of good dancing (American, Playford, Traditional, etc.) for those who want to enjoy themselves and be challenged occasionally too. Not suitable for beginners! Tickets are £11 each, and you can buy them at wegottickets.com. Numbers are limited to 65, so if you haven't booked I recommend you check the website first rather than just turning up. No alcohol or smoking on the premises, and you will need to bring your own food and drink — we're not using the kitchen this time.
Here is an artist's impression of the 2005 dance by Troi Roth. I am resplendent in my multi-coloured metallic wig. Caroline is playing the fiddle wearing my deely-boppers. Dan is wearing a silly hat also provided by the management — no expense spared in these things!
Troi has known us a long time — in fact she was at our wedding dance in 1998, in a pouch suspended round her dad's neck. She and her younger brother Kynan came along on New Year's Eve to lower the average age somewhat, and also brought their parents Tobit and Jennie.
But that was a long time ago! Since then she and Kynan have both been playing and dancing as members of NYFTE, the National Youth Folklore Troupe of England, but Troi is now too old!