A step in time for the Queen at Jubilee ball

CELEBRATE The Wednesday afternoon tea dancers gear up for their ball.  Picture: Paul Jacobs (121113-1)
CELEBRATE The Wednesday afternoon tea dancers gear up for their ball. Picture: Paul Jacobs (121113-1)
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DANCERS are turning their ballroom into a red, white and blue haven in celebration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

The group of senior citizens who attend a weekly tea dance in the Royal Beach Hotel, Southsea, will use bunting and Union Flags to transform the hotel’s hall into a street party-themed room for a patriotic ball.

Dressed in the national colours, they will enjoy all kinds of dances, from ballroom to disco, and a DJ set from Express FM’s Steve Kingsley.

There will be a competition for best patriotic dance and a fish and chip supper at the family event on June 5.

One of the organisers, Brenda Seymour, 74, of Laburnum Road, Southsea, said: ‘We don’t have a street party on my road but I really wanted to do something for the Jubilee.

‘Some of the others at the dance said the same thing so we thought this would be a nice way to celebrate it.

‘Lots of us will be going to the street party at Guildhall Square so we thought this would be something a bit different.’

Brenda will go to the ball dressed as a pearly queen, in the traditional black outfit decorated with hundreds of pearl coloured buttons.

She will hold a ‘guess the number of buttons’ competition and money raised will be donated to charity Hannah’s Holiday Home, which provides holidays for sick children and their families.

Co-organiser Patricia Andrew, 65, of Meyrick Road, North End, said: ‘We wanted to do something a bit different that we didn’t have to depend on the weather for.

‘And we wanted everyone to get involved and make something for it – that’s why we’ve decided to do fancy dress.

‘People of our age have grown up with the Queen and we’ve always celebrated her Jubilees. It’s lovely to think that she’s done 60 years now and never put a foot wrong – people should celebrate that fact.’

More than 80 tickets have already been sold for the ball, which takes place from 6.30pm to 11pm. Tickets cost £15. Call (023) 9266 2026.