08 May 2019 - An original 1950's dancing dress, decorative antique china and dancing that would have scored highly on a Strictly Come Dancing scoreboard were all part of the Basildon at 70 vintage tea dance at Woodlands School last Saturday.

Image from the Basildon at 70 Vintage Tea Dance in May 2019, shows man and woman seniors enjoying a dance togetherImage from the Basildon at 70 Vintage Tea Dance in May 2019, shows David Wright, Head Teacher of Woodlands School; Mayor of Basildon, Councillor David Dadds and students from Woodlands School who helped with staging the event.The tea dance organised by Basildon Council and the school, welcomed residents who are aged 70 to celebrate Basildon New Town's 70th birthday with students from the school serving afternoon tea and live music from the 50s and 60s being performed by the school's music department.

The event, which was dementia friendly and free to attend was enjoyed by more than 60 new town residents.

After the tea dance, the Mayor of Basildon, Councillor David Dadds JP, said: "I can't convey enough how feel-good and heart-warming the tea dance was. Seeing the students helping and chatting to our older residents and everyone having a good time made it a memorable day as part of this year of our community marking the 70th anniversary of Basildon new town".

David Wright, Head Teacher of Woodlands School, added: "It was a wonderful opportunity for the school to give something extra back to our community which we are all very proud of. So many smiling faces and great stories linking the past to the future".

To find out more about Basildon at 70 events please visit https://www.basildon.gov.uk/basildon70

Lower photo, left to right: David Wright, Head Teacher of Woodlands School; Mayor of Basildon, Councillor David Dadds JP; three student helpers from Woodlands School.

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