Veterans enjoy a birthday tea dance
Members of SSAFA’s Southend Veterans Club were treated to a tea dance as they celebrated two birthdays. Former Wren Dorothy Walters marked her 97th birthday at the event which was held at the Westcliff Royal British Legion Club. Dorothy volunteered to join the Royal Navy during World War II and worked as a Wren Writer in London. Invictus Games medallist Andy Bracey, 42, who was also celebrating on Thursday (Feb 16), served with the Royal Artillery in Northern Ireland and Iraq.
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Club founder Michelle Everitt and a team of volunteers laid on an afternoon tea of sandwiches, sausage rolls, scones with jam and cream and cake. Members of all ages danced to classics by Bing Crosby, Audrey Hepburn and Vera Lynn.
Michelle said: “It was wonderful to see so many of our veterans dancing and singing along. Every birthday is important and I thought a tea dance would be a great way to mark Dorothy’s big day.”
Southend Veterans Club is held every Thursday from 12-4pm and is open to Armed Forces veterans of all ages as well as their widows and widowers. Each week a two-course hot meal is prepared and served and the club provides a regular opportunity for people to get together, share stories and make new friends. Happy Birthday to Dorothy and Andy!