Tea dance revival relaunches town hall
There were beaming faces all round during a traditional tea dance held on Saturday Jan 6 at the Assembly Hall in the centre of Brixton. It was the first social event at the newly-re-opened Town Hall.
Lambeth’s Town Hall hosted a sold-out traditional Tea Dance to celebrate re-opening to the public.
Sell out success
All 150 tickets sold out before Christmas for the event, which was held in the town hall’s high ceilinged, wood-panelled Assembly Hall – the site of many popular tea dances in the past.
‘Tea’ is for tunes
The host and DJ was Mr Wonderful who leads similar events all over London, and cakes were sold by Lambeth resident Joanne B Cakes who is also a Lambeth Country Show favourite.
Word from the Cabinet
Among those who attended was Cllr Lib Peck, Lambeth Council leader. She said: “It was a fantastic event and there was some real talent on the dancefloor. It’s wonderful to be able to host this kind of community event in the restored town hall. I hope this event will be the first of many.”
Bringing the community together
Age UK Lambeth also welcomed the event. Services Manager Kim Connell said: “Older people without family can feel more isolated at the weekend and they loved having a reason to dress up. Real tickets were available and easy to get, not just online ones – that’s more user friendly for many older people. Age UK Lambeth went to every table to tell people about our brand new social membership service called MYsocial – we have events all year, but none in a bigger or more beautiful venue than the Assembly Hall.
“I’ve never seen so many people smiling in one room and the question on everyone’s lips was “When’s the next one?”
Dancing into the future
But the Age UK Lambeth generation were not alone: dancers included children and one young couple with a baby. Many guests said how much they’d looked forward to the return of tea dances. Even more said how much they loved the Assembly Hall’s makeover and asked when the next dance will be.
For more information
For details of the next Tea Dance, look out for details on posters, Twitter (especially Event Lambeth), Lambeth.gov.uk web pages and Facebook page.