Residents from a local charity enjoy a 1950s style tea dance at RAF Halton

Valerie and Roy Leighton
Valerie and Roy Leighton

On Wednesday 4th June residents, relatives and staff from six of the older people’s care homes run by local charity, The Fremantle Trust, spent the afternoon in the Sergeants’ Mess at RAF Halton enjoying a 1950s style tea dance.

The special event was organised by the Trust’s Leisure & Lifestyle Manager, Junior Walker.  Commenting on the event, Junior said “The aim of the event was to give residents the opportunity to attend a tea dance just like the ones they used to have in the 1950s. Everyone had a lovely time and the afternoon was made extra special as the airmen from RAF Halton joined in the celebrations.”

The dance took place in the week of the D-Day celebrations and a number of residents, which included RAF veteran Roy Leighton (pictured), had the opportunity to reminisce about their time in the forces.  Roy did his National Service in the RAF and described it as ‘a most exciting time which provided me with training that set me up for life”.

Commenting on the event, Gloria Haynes, Head of Services for Older People at The Fremantle Trust, said: “It was an amazing afternoon and it was lovely to see everyone having such an enjoyable time reminiscing about the past.  We really appreciate the generosity of everyone at RAF Halton for hosting this event.”


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