Victory dance for Hartlepool & District Hospice in Blackhall

Blackhall Community Centre manager Alison Paterson dances with Alf Langthorne of the Alf Langthorne Quartet, who will play at the Victory Dance to mark the start of the First World War.
Blackhall Community Centre manager Alison Paterson dances with Alf Langthorne of the Alf Langthorne Quartet, who will play at the Victory Dance to mark the start of the First World War.
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PEOPLE with life-limiting illnesses are set to benefit from an event being held to mark the start of the Great War.

Bosses at Blackhall Community Centre, in Hesleden Road, in Blackhall, have echoed Lord Kitchener’s famous war cry, saying “Your community needs you” as the venue prepares to host a victory dance.

It is being held in aid of Hartlepool & District Hospice, from 7.30pm-11pm on Saturday, July 5.

There will be live music from the Alf Langthorne Quartet, a popular favourite which has played at the centre many times over the years.

There will be dancing to a host of different styles of music, including ballroom, Latin, sequence, and rock ‘n’ roll, as well as a bingo, raffle and bar.

People are also encouraged to don period wartime dress for the occasion.

Centre manager Alison Paterson said: “This is our only real contribution towards marking the Great War, so we are encouraging as many people as possible to come along.

“It’s all for a great cause that is close to the hearts of people in Hartlepool and East Durham.

“We have raised money for the hospice and other causes from dances held at the centre before.

“It’s open to everyone, though we know events like this attract more mature folk.
“We will be dressing in American millitary-style costumes.”

Janice Forbes, the hospice’s community fundraiser, said: “This is going to be a great event.

“As well as supporting your local hospice it’s a great way of being part of the World War One Commemorations.

“All money raised from the event will go to the patient care services we provide to people of Hartlepool and East Durham.”

Tickets for the event are £3 and available by calling the centre on (0191) 5867396 or by popping into the venue, which is hosting its annual general meeting from 6.30pm on June 24.

Also in East Durham, people are being reminded of First World War commemorations taking place in Wingate.

Wingate’s Holy Trinity Church is joining forces with local schools to host three days of honouring the centenary of the Great War, from Friday, June 27, to Sunday, June 29.

On the Friday, from 6.30pm, The Youth of Today Remember will see performances from school choirs, poems, displays and refreshments.

On the Saturday, from 10.30am-3.30pm, there will be displays, memorabilia, a memorial window and a plaque on show, with felt poppies available to place in the Rememberance Garden.

At 6.30pm that day, Hartlepool’s Mum’s The Word choir will sing songs from the era, with refreshments available.

And on the Sunday, there will be a Service of Commemoration, at 7pm, led by the Bishop of Jarrow, the Right Reverend Mark Bryant, and Reverend Alan Stainsby.