Doing the Lambeth Walk….Oi!

Now if you are a regular reader of my blog, you will know I love my vintage and I love to dance. Originally I started learning to jive at a local fifties diner and since then my horizons have widened.

This change started when I went to Twinwood in August for the weekend. I jived and strolled my heart out, but was so envious of my friends who could square tango and social foxtrot. This left me determined to learn more dances so next year I could participate more.

Whilst at a recent dance at AJ’s Diner, I was told about an up and coming 1940’s Social Dance. Craig very kindly sent me the event details and the telephone number for Ray, who was one of the dance teachers.

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A Vintage Evening Of Dancing

Now, I have a friend Gayle who is a dancing demon. Get her on the dance floor and she waltzes her socks off! She loves a good tea dance, and this sounded right up her street. I dropped her a text and asked if she was free.

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Forties Style Selfies!

Getting in touch with the lovely Ray  from Harborough Swing Dance,  I paid for two tickets. As the event was in Market Harborough, he said he would leave the tickets on the door for me.

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The lovely Ray and his right hand man

The night came for the dance, and quite stupidly I didn’t check what my work shifts were. I had arranged to pick up Gayle at 630pm, but I was actually working till 6pm!

The night before I got together my outfit; I knew I wanted to wear my original vintage hat, use my vintage gloves and bag. I just needed the matching dress. Now, as you know, original plus size vintage is tricky, so I decided to wear a Lindybop favourite which I have only worn once before.

As soon as 6pm came round, I locked the door and work and rushed hastily into the toilets to throw my clothes on. Seamed stockings and t-bar heels completed the picture.

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Lindybop Love

I jumped in the car and picked Gayle up. We arrived around 35 minutes later, and picked up our tickets from the dashing pilot on the door. Ella Fitzgerald (my favourite singer) was playing over the sound system and I was already in my element.

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Gorgeous Gayle

Ray and his lovely dancing Partner, Ali introduced the first dance and started showing the sequences we all needed to learn. We walked through it three or four times and then the music started and we were off. I was dancing the part of the male, swinging Gayle around to my hearts content.

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The Langton 40s Style

During the first dance I turned around and spotted a familiar face. Waving at the lovely Andy and his wife Annette, he turned round looking to see who I was waving at! Used to seeing me in 50’s attire, he didn’t recognise me at first. We had a quick chat after our dance, and returned back to our table which was towards the back of the hall. Annette came down and invited us to join her and her family.

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Charleston Stroll

Picking up all our belongings we moved up to the main part of the dancehall. Annette and Andy’s daughter Charlotte was there with Craig who had emailed me about the event! What a small World.

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Charlotte and Craig

As the evening went on we learnt the Breakaway Blues, Barn Dance, Lambeth Walk, Square Tango, social foxtrot and more! I was absolutely over the moon with all my new dance steps and could’t wait to try them out.

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Chocks Away!

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Rations Time

Sitting chatting with Andy and his family, the organisers announced that the rations would be handed out soon. Rations? We all wondered just what that entailed.

Being handed a white box with a ration card in the top, I eagerly opened my box and was surprised by the contents; four sandwich quarters, a hard boiled egg, a hunk of cheese and a pork pie. For dessert there was a large slab of fruit cake and a couple of sherbet lemon sweets.  A proverbial feast indeed.

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Corned Beef, Cheese and Pickle – Jolly good too!

A surprise raffle was organised and just under £200 raised for a local charity. Fantastic stuff!

We learnt a few more dances including Hands, Knees and Bumps-a-daisy and another which I unfortunately didn’t catch the name of but loved it.

Gayle and I laughed so hard at the Lambeth Walk as we couldn’t get the hand clapping bit right and very nearly knocked ourselves out! We actually managed to get it right on the very last attempt and felt like we had conquered the world.

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Craig, Charlotte, Annette and Andy

All too soon the dance was over and it was time to make our goodbyes. We had made some fabulous new friends, and found out the dance club has just started running lessons on a Thursday in Northampton!

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The delightful Andy

Foxtrot anyone?

Till next time

Txx

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  • LaaLaa

    Wow look at everyone, I love that there is so much vintage activities to participate in now. Your hair is looking gorgeous as always your outfit, everyone looks amazing/ Even down to the rations. I’m going to have to show your blog at some point this week to my neighbour she’s 83 but she LOVES to talk about these times!! xo

    • Tanya Brannan

      Awww this is lovely! I hope she likes it, and feels I have been respectful to her era xxx

      • LaaLaa

        I showed her this evening and she said ‘Wow doesn’t she look beautiful, her outfit is lovely!’. She loved to see the ration book and said to me she use to have one egg per person and that would be for the fortnight or 3 weeks! She also remarked at your other outfits on your blog as being lovely and she preferred clothes then to now due to how they were made and how much more presentable they looked! She had such a smile on her face. xoxo

        • Awww this has warmed my heart so much! I am glad she enjoyed what I had written and it brought back some memories for her xx

  • Kathryn

    Looking fabulous as always! Sounds like you had an amazing time xx

    • Tanya Brannan

      I really did Kathryn! Can’t wait for the next one x

  • That looks like such a fun event! I just love your new hair colour, so peaches and cream

    • Tanya Brannan

      Thank you Kitty… it will be going lighter soon too! x

  • Mummytimestwo

    It looks like you had an amazing time, I do love a chance to get dressed up x

    • Tanya Brannan

      Me too! It really makes for the occasion x

  • Oh wow it looks like you had a wonderful time, I adore your hat it is a beauty.

    • Tanya Brannan

      It is my “best” hat! At over 70 yrs old it’s not doing too badly! xx

  • Teresa Bowen

    Looks as though you had a fantastic time. Nothing like a night out dancing to lift the spirits.

    • Tanya Brannan

      I came away so light and positive! It really was a wonderful event x

  • Jodie Whitham

    What amazing pictures! It’s nice to hear of things you can do which are so different. I’ve always been fascinated by vintage, but never known where to start. Beautiful pictures of everyone getting into the true spirit of it x

    • Tanya Brannan

      I started small with the odd brooch and handbag…. then hats…. then big dresses! It becomes an obsession 🙂 xx

  • Joanna McCaffrey

    Wow! I can see this really is your element. And the outfit really suits you 🙂 It sometimes can be hard to find your ‘niche’ and like minded people, but you are clearly demonstrating that once you do, lots of fun can be had!

    • Tanya Brannan

      It really can Joanna! I have never had as much as fun before getting into the vintage scene – It is so positive and encouraging x

  • I love seeing your posts when you’re all dressed up. This looks like such a fun event!

    • Tanya Brannan

      It was amazing fun! Can’t wait to do it again xx

  • Hungry_Healthy_Happy

    I just love that white hat and your outfit is amazing. The food looks like my kind of thing too!

    • Tanya Brannan

      Thank you honey, it is an original vintage hat and over 70 yrs old! xx

  • I’d love to learn how to do these kinds of dances as I see them in movies. Good on you for learning x

    • Tanya Brannan

      It was such good fun and I intend to carry on learning 🙂 xx

  • Beautyqueenuk

    This looks and sounds just brilliant, you look amazing and the food – definitely my kind of lunch x

    • Tanya Brannan

      It was a fantastic night! We danced our socks off 🙂 x

  • This looks like such a great night, your pictures look fab as do you!

    • Tanya Brannan

      Thank you so much Nikki xx

  • Alana

    Sounds like a fab night! I’d love to learn to dance properly.
    I love your outfit too.
    Alana x

    • Tanya Brannan

      Thank you Alana, I am definitely going to keep going! xx

  • What a great event! I’d love to learn how to dance properly x

    • Tanya Brannan

      There are lots of groups and classes out there now! I am going to keep learning 🙂 xx

  • Hannah Heartss ❄️⛄️

    Sound like a great time – love your hat too x

    • Tanya Brannan

      It really was – My hat is my pride and joy xx

  • Wow this sounds so fab. Love your outfit.

    • Tanya Brannan

      It was fantastic Stella xx

  • I would love to learn how to foxtrot and so jealous of your dance. You looked good

    • Tanya Brannan

      Thank you honey! I had a fabulous time xx

  • GlamourGlitterGloss

    Sounds like an amazing evening, and well done to all on the money raised for charity. How lovely that you have this little community and saw so many familiar faces

    • Tanya Brannan

      It was really great, and we plan to get together for even more dances! xx

  • Love the LindyBop dress! Sounds like a great evening! We’d love to attend a dinner dance xx

    • Tanya Brannan

      You don’t get them very often now which is a shame! I think they should be brought back with a vengeance x

  • Melanie Edjourian

    Oh wow that looks fun. I love your hairstyle and dress. It’s great that they raise so much for charity.

    • Tanya Brannan

      It really was Melanie! xx

  • This post is just like a scene out of Call The Midwife! Brilliant costumes and it sounds incredible fun! I love reading about your adventures.

    • Tanya Brannan

      I felt like a proper 40’s lady! I am glad you enjoy reading the blog too xx

  • You go to so many cool things and always look fab doing them!

    • Tanya Brannan

      I try and have as many adventures as I can! Life is too short 🙂 xx

  • Very cool and chic outfits. This is a fabulous themed event!

    • Tanya Brannan

      It was a great night! Hope there will be more to come too x

  • Annie Brooks

    Oh my word this looks utterl fabulous! If you loke this sort of thing check out a place in London called Cahoots. I went with my mum (reviewed it) you will love it!

    • Tanya Brannan

      I have been meaning to go to Cahoots for months and months now! Never seem to find the time x

  • This looks so incredibly fun! And my kind of evening for sure! I love your outfit- beautiful!

    • Tanya Brannan

      Thank you so much! I had an absolute blast x

  • This looks so much fun I love stuff like this. Your outfits are amazing.

    • Tanya Brannan

      Thank you very much, it really was a great night and I can’t wait to do it again xx