Doing the jive for heroes

A 1940's themed dance was held on Sat 10th March, raising �512 for Help For Heroes.'Steve McNamara (left) is presented with a cheque for �512.00 by Linda and Graham Smailes.'121241. Picture Kevin Allen.'22/03/12.
A 1940's themed dance was held on Sat 10th March, raising �512 for Help For Heroes.'Steve McNamara (left) is presented with a cheque for �512.00 by Linda and Graham Smailes.'121241. Picture Kevin Allen.'22/03/12.
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DANCERS waltzed, quick-stepped, line danced and jived their way to a cool cash sum for Help for Heroes.

Joiner and retired bank clerk, Graham and Linda Smailes, of Seamer Road, occasionally attend 1940s re-enactments, and decided to organise their own event to reflect their interests and support a worthy cause.

The 40s charity dance took place at the Conservative Club in Huntriss Row and all but sold out with around 100 people attending.

Mr Smailes said: “It was a good dance and most people dressed up for the 1940s.

“We did exceptionally well, there were a lot of donated prizes for the raffle and to raise over £500 is good going.

“Lots of people also came from out of town - from York, Teesside, Sunderland and the West Riding.

“It was a good evening and everyone really enjoyed themselves”

Revellers got into the spirit with live music from specialist 40s singer Paul Harper and daughter Natasha, and a supper was also provided.