The beat goes on for Rink revellers

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THEY twisted the night away at a Hartlepool event which turned the clock back 50 years.

More than 250 people packed into the Borough Hall for a chance to re-live the days of rock and roll, quiffed hair and glitzy dance dresses.

And at the end of the evening of reminiscences, the partygoers had one last request - can we do it again soon?

The Relive the Rink event was held for people to remember Hartlepool’s old Queens Rink ballroom which was the town’s big dance venue in the 1960s.

The old Clarence Road ballroom was knocked down many years ago, but Relive the Rink recreated the days when live bands used to play there.

Event organiser Samantha Lee said: “It was great to see so many people meeting up again after so many years. We had a live band called The Beat Club and everyone agreed that they were fantastic.

“There was more than one case of people being re-united with others they had lost touch with. There were lots of people who got dressed up in the style of the 60s as well. It was great to see.”

The audience came from miles around including the colliery villages, Billingham and Middlesbrough, said Samantha.

As well as live music, the evening’s highlights included a 60s quiz, and compere Nick Emery, the son of famous comedian Dick Emery.

Samantha said: “The feedback we got was great. People were telling us that it really did take them back to the days of The Rink.

“We had couples there who first met at The Rink and were still going strong.

“There were people saying ‘I hope you do it again’ and I certainly hope we can hold it again next year.”