Older people in Godalming took to the dance floor on Friday 5 September in a bid to represent their care home in a dancing competition.

Residents and staff from Eastlake residential home in Nightingale Road competed against each other to win a place in the regional finals of Anchor’s Strictly Dancing Competition 2014.

Those living at Eastlake residential home joined the judges to watch the dance extravaganza.

Our judging panel was- Head judge resident Kathleen Dadley, staff member Carol Barker and the local Mayor Liz Wheatley and her husband Mike.

Residents who took part chose their music and the style of dance that they would like to do, then they put on their dancing shoes and gave the performance of a life time.
Head judge Kathleen Dadley said I can’t believe the standard of dancing that we have in our home, I could see that everyone was having so much fun and enjoying themselves. The way it was put together made it seem so professional and I found it so hard to pick a winner as everyone was so good.

Mayor Liz Wheatley said 'Mike and I were delighted to be asked to be amongst the judges for Eastlake’s Dancing competition. If music reaches parts that other disciplines can’t, then music combined with movement has to be even more beneficial. This was an event enjoyed by everybody, audience and participants alike.’
Resident Jessamine Betteridge and staff member Wendy Snewin came first by gracefully waltzing around the dance floor to music.

Home Manager Linda Grout said “The whole experience was magical and very moving and brought a tear to my eye. I’m very much looking forward to the semi finals which will take place on October the 2nd ahead of the grand final on the 16 October in front of the panel which includes Angela Rippon and Anchor’s Chief executive Jane Ashcroft. Everyone at Eastlake wishes the best of luck to Jessamine and Wendy and of course all of the other competitors.”

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