Tea dance helps improve health and fitness of Runcorn's older residents

Margaret and Norman Carruthers at the tea dance

Margaret and Norman Carruthers at the tea dance

First published in News Runcorn and Widnes World: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Reporter

PENSIONERS are stepping out to improve their health with their very own Strictly Come Dancing.

Tea dances have been launched at Runcorn’s Heath Business Park to encourage retired residents to relax and have fun.

Alan McKie, who runs Older But Wiser Wellbeing, said: “We believe activity starts in the head.

“My idea is to get people together to keep active and well.

“We don’t want major exercise regimes, it’s got to be fun.

“We’ve had a tremendous response. Getting people out of the house, talking to each other makes them feel better.

“We want to prevent isolation.”

Around 60 people have enjoyed dancing to live music.

Mr McKie said: “We have a dance room and a restaurant where people can have tea or a meal.

“You don’t have to dance. We had people in wheelchairs who just enjoyed the company.”

The next tea dance is on Thursday, November 1, at 1pm.

Admission is £2.50, including tea and cake.

All pensioners are welcome.

 

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