Dancing queen in step in Runcorn

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A DANCING queen returned to the floor this week to help put on a tea dance for some of Runcorn’s older residents.

Donna Plumbley, works as an administrator for O2 in Preston Brook.

Donna, aged 35, began dancing at the age of seven.

She went on to learn all the disciplines including ballroom, latin, line dancing and jive and entered many competitions before qualifying as a student dance teacher.

But she broke her leg and that put an end to her hopes of dancing professionally.

Donna took a job at O2’s centre in Preston Brook where she is an administrator and a member of the Think Big team, a community programme that supports the community.

When they decided to support a tea dance on Friday afternoon at the Heath Business Park in Runcorn, Donna was one of the first to volunteer to help out.

The St Helens resident said: “I loved my dancing and met so many interesting people through the work, including my husband Phil.

“It’s such a sociable activity. If you go to a tea dance, nobody will be left sitting around the edges.

“There’s always someone to get you up to dance.

“One of my many memorable times was when I had the chance to dance with Fred the weatherman from Granada.

“My dance teacher was appearing on This Morning when it transmitted from Liverpool’s Albert Dock.

“She asked three of us to go along in all our ballroom gear and we challenged some of the presenters to a twirl. It was hillarious.

“I’ve dusted down the dance shoes and will relish the opportunity to take those steps on the dance floor,” she said.

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