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Tea dance to remember times gone by

Alliston House Tea Dance
Care home residents were given the chance to put on their dancing shoes and reminisce about times gone by during a special tea dance.

Staff at Council-run Alliston House, in Church Hill Road, Walthamstow, organised the event after female residents talked about how much they used to enjoy dancing with men in suits.

So, taking up the call to become dance partners for an afternoon, male staff from Waltham Forest Council, including Chief Executive Martin Esom, donned suits and paid a visit to the home on Friday 22 May.

Cllr Angie Bean, Waltham Forest Council’s Cabinet Member for Adult Services, said: “It was a lovely afternoon enjoyed by all – particularly Alliston’s female residents, who jumped at the chance to take to the dance floor.

“Taking place during Dementia Awareness Week, the event was a wonderful opportunity for residents to reminisce about the tea dances they went to in their younger days.”

Alliston House is a 42-room residential care home for older people, who are encouraged to live as independently as possible. It offers a programme of activities including live entertainment, barbecues, bingo, sing-a-long, dominoes, cards, knitting sessions, a church service, day trips to various part in the country and sight-seeing.

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