13 December 2012
day 13: dance
The Tower Hamlets Over 50s Christmas Tea Dance (average age somewhere around 75): hundreds of cups of tea, platters of sandwiches, plates of mince pies, tins of Quality Street, ladies in their sequinned finery, chipper old men wearing their best ties and us with our aprons and neat black dresses pretending we're nippies.
It all gets a bit boisterous after sherry and port have been served. Thank goodness it only lasted until half past four because by then we were bushed with making all those giant pots of tea. I love it when they go home smiling and rosy cheeked with the odd filched mince pie wrapped in a paper napkin and half the shiny table decorations tucked in their handbags saying thanks for the lovely time they've had. We wish them all a happy holiday and keep our fingers crossed that we'll meet again at another tea dance next year.