North Leeds: Dance down memory lane for Roundhay residents

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It was all retro in Roundhay on Sunday as young and old came together for the first ever Vintage Tea afternoon.

St Edmund’s Parish Church hosted the event – which was complete with authentic music and dancing from the 1940s, ‘50s and ‘60s.

Dressed in vintage clothes and after an hour of dancing to some of their favourite classic hits, more than 120 attendees were served traditional high tea, scones with cream and a variety of sandwiches in the church hall.

Musician Paula Marie, of York, who has performed at other vintage events across Leeds, treated residents of Roundhay to music to suit all styles of dancing, including ballroom, modern jive and lindy hop.

Church volunteer Jeanette Bartle, of Roundhay, said: “It was a really nice community event. It was lovely to see people coming along in vintage clothing, it really gave an authentic feel to it.”

Mrs Bartle worked with seven other volunteers to organise the event and it was her initial idea that kick-started the fund-raising project to raise money for St Edmunds Church Improvement Fund.

The project aims to secure £60,000 to pay for a new servery area and additional toilets which were installed in April and the church has already raised some funds through donations and grants but they are still lacking between eight and ten thousand pounds.

Mrs Bartle said: “The servery area and toilets give the church a wider use within the community. When the church has events like weddings and funerals, we are now be able to provide food and drinks in the hall, it’s brilliant. It’s also something that other churches don’t usually have, so it it’s quite unique.”

The church, which has more than 200 members, encouraged families to bring their children along to join in and the event saw a mix of elderly and young people attend to reminisce on days gone by.

Vicar David Paton-Williams has been the vicar of St Edmund’s Parish Church for five years and he said: “The afternoon was great fun. People had a really good time. It was helpful in raising money towards covering the costs of servery and toilet project. It was a chance for people to relive the music of their youth.”

Volunteers also organised a raffle for the afternoon, with prizes donated by local businesses in Roundhay and Oakwood including Tasty, Pizza Express, Daisy Chain and Beauty Rooms.

The church has also focused on social events this year, as well as religion, having new bike racks installed to encourage cyclists in the community to attend the church on their bikes.

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