VIDEO: Blackpool on the Lud! Tea dance success in Louth

Over 120 people showed up for a “cracking afternoon” of ballroom dancing at Louth Town Hall yesterday (Thursday November 21) to raise money for Louth and District Hospice. International organist Joanne Naulls provided the music.

The sell-out afternoon included two and a half hours of dancing, with a rest for tea and cakes. The fundraising idea was the brainchild of Louth resident Majorie Barnes, who took her idea to Andy Howlett at the Town Hall and then worked tirelessly to put her plan into action.

Dancers meet at Louth Town Hall for a 'cracking' afternoon.

Dancers meet at Louth Town Hall for a 'cracking' afternoon.

Majorie praised the attendance, and revealed that she even had to put a 125-person limit on the event due to the high demand.

Majorie said: “Ticket sales started off slow, but we sold out about a week ago. We thought it would be nice to bring a bit of Blackpool on the Lud to our town.

As the event drew to a close, Andy Howlett said: “It’s been absolutely brilliant afternoon, and we certainly hope to host similar events in future.

“All thanks go to Majorie. We originally hoped for 100 people, but we exceeded it. What an afternoon!

“We even had a couple come across from Malaga for the occasion.”

The couple in question, Malcolm Buckenham and Jean Rennie, arrived in Britain on Wednesday evening from their home in Spain where they live during the winter months.

Malcolm said: “We sometimes go to dance at the Lincoln Naval Club, where Joanne Naulls often plays. I’ve been dancing on and off since I was about 16 years old.

“We’ve visited on this occasion to dance and to see our friends.

“There is so much going on for people our age in Louth. It’s tremendous.”

Organist Joanne Naulls praised Majorie’s efforts, and said: “It’s my pleasure to playing this afternoon here at Louth Town Hall on the lovely Compton theatre organ.

“It’s been a good afternoon for everybody, and a good result for the hospice too.”