Happy birthday for dance group

Draper's Dance School in Beighton celebrates 40 years. Scott Draper, left, and Hayley Draper,right, with many of the dancers
Draper's Dance School in Beighton celebrates 40 years. Scott Draper, left, and Hayley Draper,right, with many of the dancers

Some dancers were relative newcomers, others took their first steps up to 40 years ago.

Drapers Dance Centre in Beighton celebrated its 40th anniversary with a tea dance on Bank Holiday Monday.

Raymond Draper, who left the family tradition of mining to set up the centre with his wife, Carol, was waltzed down memory lane.

“There were people coming up to him with old photographs saying ‘Do you remember me? You taught me to dance 40 years ago,” said his daughter-in-law, Hayley Draper, who now runs the place with Raymond’s son, Scott.

And one of the first customers, Bill Vernon, who continues to do ballroom and Latin, joined the celebrations

Stars of the future gave displays - juvenile couple Gabriella Murton and Anton Doyle, both aged 11, and youth couple Olivia Oates, aged 16, and Adam Godfrey, aged 18.

The day was so successful that another event is to be lined up - a birthday party with a 70s theme.

Buoyed by the Strictly Come Dancing effect, Drapers Dance Centre offers 30 adult, 15 children’s and two adult social dances a week as well as coaching for competitive dancers. A third ballroom was opened last year.