Dancer praised for 30 years of fundraising

Tea Dance organiser Pauline Steel and Councillor Mike Ford, Mayor of Fareham. ''Pauline has organised dances for 30 years
Tea Dance organiser Pauline Steel and Councillor Mike Ford, Mayor of Fareham. ''Pauline has organised dances for 30 years
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THE MAYOR of Fareham Mike Ford put his dancing shoes on to celebrate one woman’s passion.

Pauline Steel started Tea Dances at Titchfield Community Centre 30 years ago to provide people with a social occasion in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

Now 30 years on, to the day, regular dancers and councillors praised the 70-year-old’s dedication to the dance and her charity work.

Pauline set up the tea dance with her former dance partner Erine Fielding, who passed away four years ago, to help raise money for the Titchfield Community Association.

Every week she puts on a session for the group, which is made up of mainly retired people, giving them the chance to meet new people while having fun.

The classes also accommodate disabled people to dance or just to come down and enjoy the music.

Cllr Ford presented Pauline with a bouquet of flowers on behalf of the association for her years of dedicated fundraising for them.

Vice-chairwoman of the association Ann Whyntie said: ‘She deserves the recognition for the hours of enjoyment she gives to large numbers of people.’