Grantham retirees enjoy a spin around the dancefloor with Strictly’s Arlene Phillips

Arlene Phillips visits Grantham.
Arlene Phillips visits Grantham.
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At an exclusive tea dance award-winning choreographer and former Strictly Come Dancing judge, Arlene Phillips CBE, opened a new show complex and marketing suite at a Grantham retirement complex last week.

Arlene performed the ceremonial ribbon cutting at McCarthy and Stone’s Martin Court development on St Catherine’s Road, before judging a fabulous dancing competition.

Arlene Phillips cuts the ribbon.

Arlene Phillips cuts the ribbon.

McCarthy and Stone homeowners Carol and Norman were crowned champions, receiving a bottle of champagne as their prize.

After enjoying a guided tour of the new show apartments and communal facilities, Arlene also treated guests to an intimate Q&A session. Attendees had the exclusive chance to quiz her on some of her most famous work, including choreographing for Andrew Lloyd Webber and her time as a judge on Strictly Come Dancing.

Afterwards, guests enjoyed refreshments and mingled with Arlene in the beautiful landscaped gardens whilst jazz band, ‘Jazz Juice’, played a selection of well-known hits.

Arlene, 72, recently became an ambassador for McCarthy and Stone to launch The Colour Report – a study of over 2,500 retirees which aims to breakdown negative stereotypes of the older generation by highlighting the colourful and varied lifestyles of retirees today.

Winners Carole and Norman with Arlene Phillips.

Winners Carole and Norman with Arlene Phillips.

Arlene said: “It was a pleasure to officially open the new show complex at Martin Court and to experience the wonderful community developing there.

“As an ambassador for the ‘The Colour Report’ I know that retirees today are redefining what it means to grow old. We are independent, active individuals who are seeking new experiences and fulfilling lifelong ambitions, no matter what our age.

“The homeowners at Martin Court are no different and having met the staff and seen the fantastic quality of the homes there, I just know they’ll enjoy every minute of their retirement.”

Cheryl Bissett, regional sales and marketing director for McCarthy and Stone said: “We were so pleased to welcome Arlene Phillips to our Martin Court development in Grantham. She was such a hit with the homeowners who were really interested to hear about her life of dance, and all her showbiz stories. At McCarthy and Stone we are proud to help older people stay independent for longer and that is why we are so committed to delivering an exceptional lifestyle for our residents at our developments across the region.”

For more information about Martin Court or to book an appointment with the sales team, call 0800 2014741.

The Colour Report is also available to download at