Join former Strictly Come Dancing judge Arlene Phillips at exclusive tea dance in Grantham

Arlene Phillips is coming to Grantham next week.

Arlene Phillips is coming to Grantham next week.

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An exclusive tea dance with former Strictly Come Dancing judge, Arlene Phillips, will take place at McCarthy and Stone’s Martin Court development in Grantham on Thursday.

Leading retirement housebuilder McCarthy and Stone are inviting the public to reserve their places at the event (see below), which will mark the opening of a stunning new show complex and marketing suite at the development on St Catherine’s Road.

Taking place between 2-4pm on August 13, homeowners and the general public will be able to rub shoulders with Arlene, an internationally acclaimed dancer and choreographer.

Members of the public who are aged over 60 are invited to book their place now in order to attend the event along with their family and friends.

Arlene will conduct the official ribbon cutting marking the opening of the show complex, before guests are invited to enjoy sparkling refreshments and canapés whilst mingling with Arlene herself.

The former Strictly star will also be hosting an open Q&A session about her experiences as an acclaimed dancer and TV presenter, before welcoming popular jazz band, ‘Jazz Juice’ to the floor, where potential homeowners and guests will be able to showcase their best moves. The winner, judged by Arlene, will receive a bottle of champagne!

Arlene’s visit is also to promote The Colour Report, McCarthy and Stone’s recent research into the realities of retirement in the 21st Century.

The research has revealed that pensioners feel up to 20 years younger than their biological age, and even consider living life to the full to be more important than leaving an inheritance for their children.

The report shows that a large proportion of those aged over 65 shop in the same shops as their grandchildren (21 per cent at Primark, 14 per cent at H&M and TopShop), listen to the same music (35 per cent to pop music, while rock music is number one for a quarter of respondents and R&B is top of the pops for 15 per cent), whilst 10 per cent have attended a live gig in the past year.

Today’s retirees are also socially savvy - almost all own a Smartphone, and 59 per cent a tablet, with the most common apps being YouTube, Skype and Facebook.

Many are fulfilling lifelong dreams and ambitions during their retirement, including 19 per cent going on a round-the-world trip, 12 per cent writing a book, six per cent learning to dance and four per cent getting a degree.

Gill Sabin, regional sales and marketing director for McCarthy and Stone, comments: “We commissioned The Colour Report to bust the myths around retirement and to highlight the shifting attitudes and growing independence of today’s older generation.

“Retirees today are rewriting the definition of growing old. With Arlene Phillips, internationally acclaimed dancer and performer fronting such a positive, and indeed, colourful report, we can’t wait to invite her to Martin Court to celebrate dance with the local community as we launch our stunning new show apartments.”

Anyone interested in finding out more about the new apartments at Martin Court will also have the opportunity to speak to McCarthy and Stone’s experienced sales executives on the day.

The event is expected to be popular with limited places available, so to reserve your place at the tea dance call 0800 2014741.

For more information visit mccarthyandstone.co.uk