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Tea dances celebrate a special day

Millys Dance School, which perfomred at the tea dance at North Tyneside General Hospital to celebrate the 70th birthday of the NHS. Picture by Gavin Duthie
Millys Dance School, which perfomred at the tea dance at North Tyneside General Hospital to celebrate the 70th birthday of the NHS. Picture by Gavin Duthie

The 70th birthday of the NHS has been toasted with a cuppa at a series of 1940s-themed tea dances at hospitals across North Tyneside and Northumberland.

Dance groups involving hundreds of young people performed for patients, staff and invited guests at North Tyneside General, The Northumbria, Wansbeck and Hexham, and community hospitals at Alnwick, Berwick and Blyth.

The tea dances were part of events at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust to mark the special occasion and pay tribute to staff and patients who have contributed to the health service since its inception on July 5, 1948. Millys Dance School, from Blyth, performed at North Tyneside General.

Brenda Longstaff, head of charity development and volunteering at the Trust, said: “Holding a tea party is such a quintessential

British thing to do and what better way to celebrate 70 years of the NHS than with a cuppa.

“Our tea parties have been a huge success and been greatly enjoyed by all – particularly by our patients who have benefitted from being part of our celebrations and from spending time away from the ward environment.

“I’d like to thank the seven local dance groups for the many hours they have practised to be able to do these memorable performances. All of the dancers – some as young as two years old – were truly excellent and put on a great show.”