The Dapper Flappers at our Afternoon of Entertainment 2017Age UK Shropshire Telford & Wrekin held its tenth consecutive annual Afternoon of Entertainment at The Place in Oakengates last week.

With a theme of ‘Musical Showtime’ based around songs from hit shows, a fantastic array of singing, dancing and comedy talent entertained 500 older people.

Baritone Tom Wenlock got the crowd singing along whilst comedy duo Dandy had them crying with laughter with their unique brand of Black Country humour. Then it was time for the dancers: the Dapper Flappers gave the audience some breath-taking examples of 1920s Charleston whilst the Dancing Grannies threw shapes to make your eyes water. At their age, they really should know better!

Audience members at our Afternoon of Entertainment 2017Local singer Just Chris serenaded the audience in the bar during the interval and the Wrekin Housing Trust Choir rounded off proceedings and showed everyone that you don’t have to be professional singers to have lovely voices.

Heather Osborne, Chief Executive of Age UK Shropshire Telford & Wrekin, said, ‘The Afternoon of Entertainment seems to get better every year thanks to the hard work of a small team of staff and volunteers. When you see 500 older people having that much fun, it makes all the effort truly worthwhile. The challenge now is to better it next year!’

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