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It’s a dancing party for Ida’s 100th birthday

Ida Harris is celebrating her 100th birthday with a special tea dance

Ida Harris is celebrating her 100th birthday with a special tea dance

Ida Harris is just about to celebrate her 100th birthday, and she has decided it is as good an excuse as any to buy some gold dancing shoes.

Mrs Harris, who becomes a centenarian today, goes dancing three times a week and she celebrated with a special tea dance at Notton Village Hall.

She said: “It’s absolutely wonderful. I love movement and dance, we do modern sequence.”

Mrs Harris now lives in Staincross, a village between Wakefield and Barnsley, but she worked as a health visitor in the area before she met her late husband Bert.

And now dancing has given her a new lease of life.

During the past year she has been a regular at the tea dances organised by Stephen and Ann Clarke.

Mr Clarke said: “It’s amazing, she’s always dancing. We wanted to put on a special dance for Ida because she is such an important member of our dancing community.

“But we don’t need an excuse to put our dicky bows on,”

Mrs Harris’ friend of 70 years, Muriel Hobson, 91, is also helping mark the memorable event with a party this weekend.

She said they had met walking.

She said: “We’ve gone on walks all over England.

“But I have to keep Ida in check because she’ll try and skip health appointments for dancing classes.

“I have to tell her to get her priorities in order.”

 

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