People started arriving early for the event, obviously keen to get a good seat. We were surprised and delighted to see so many people had made the effort to dress up in 1940’s style clothes and a variety of hats. All 80 tickets had been snapped up within 10 days of going on sale.
Our event started with tea and biscuits served at the tables then Megan, a dance practitioner, led a dance and movement workshop. This was to encourage anybody who wasn’t already a competent dancer to have a go and learn a few steps. Megan brought a few of her regulars along to demonstrate but it was lovely to see quite a few people joining in from the start! Obviously keen to get involved.
Joining us at the event was The Alkaseltzer Sisters, a female, vocal harmony trio specialising in the 1940s era. Kym, Emma and Cat dress the part and were excellent entertainment. The dancers were up from the first song with a variety of dances from a waltz to “Moon River”, an American stroll to “Hit the Road Jack” and a jive to “Candyman” amongst others.
During the tea and cake break it was nice to see people out on our terrace enjoying the views of the river – luckily the earlier fog had cleared and it was a beautiful afternoon.
The second set started with “In the Mood” and ended with “Candy Man”, everybody was commenting on the excellent performance from the girls and they said they’d enjoyed it too.
It was a great afternoon and we’ve had lots of excellent feedback on our comments forms and from people as they were leaving.
The event was delivered as part of an Arts in Libraries project funded by Arts Council England. A small team of frontline staff were tasked with organising three events for the visitors to The Word. Silver Sunday was the last of these events which also included a craft day for children and families and a wellness day for adults.