Take tea with Major Swing and raise funds for hospice

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A VINTAGE music DJ who entertained a huge crowd at the country’s biggest nostalgia festival two weeks will put local dancers through their paces at a tea dance.

Major Swing’s performance at the Twinwood Festival went down a storm, and while the forthcoming appearance in Grantham may well be more sedate, he is hoping for a good turnout for the charity event, in aid of Grantham St Barnabus Hospice.

The Major (pictured right) and his partner ‘Kitty’ – alias, husband and wife Tim and Helen Handley, of Peasecliffe Drive, Grantham – promises foxtrots, quicksteps, waltzs, and party and communal dances for the audience at the tea dance at Walton Girls’ High School.

Swing and big bands tunes will also be given an airing on The Major’s art-deco style sound system and the couple will be teaching the Lambeth Walk dance.

Tim said: “Our Twinwood appearance over the August Bank Holiday went fantastically well. I was asked to start my act early and the crowd soon started dancing.

“I got a nice standing ovation afterwards, which made my day.

“Also, as I was wearing my Max Miller suit on the day, I did some walkabout stand-up comedy which went down well.

“Tickets are selling well for the tea dance, but mainly from outside Grantham. We would love to see some support from the town itself for this worthwhile charity.

“Anybody who likes to dance would enjoy the afternoon.”

The dance is on Sunday, September 30, from 3pm to 6pm and includes tea and cakes. Tickets are available from the hospice, tel 01476 591010.

l For a feature-length glimpse into the vintage world of Major Swing and Kitty, go to www.granthamjournal.co.uk/lifestyle/what-s-on/the-major-swings-into-action-at-giant-festival-1-4171723