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Solihull pensioner walzes his way to a century

Ballroom dancer Ray Adey has foxtrotted his way to 100 - and the nifty mover is showing no signs of slowing down yet

Ray and Dolly Adey pictured at their dancing club The Kath Cunninghams Dance Club in Solihull
Ray and Dolly Adey pictured at their dancing club The Kath Cunninghams Dance Club in Solihull

Ballroom dancer Ray Adey has foxtrotted his way to 100 - and the nifty mover is showing no signs of slowing down yet.

The sprightly pensioner, who turned 100 on September 4, still attends weekly ballroom dance classes at Elmdon Heath Community Centre with his 92-year-old wife Dolly.

The young at heart couple, who originally met at a dance at Saltley Baths in Birmingham during the Second World War, are convinced that moving your feet in time to the waltz and quickstep is the secret to living a long and healthy life.

Its definitely ballroom dancing that has kept me young and agile - I would recommend it to anyone, Ray, who attends Kath Cunninghams Dance Club at the community centre every Thursday, told us.

I have my ups and downs but on the whole I still feel fit and healthy.

We still come here every week and walk around the hall to the waltz.

Its more for the social side now, its nice to see our friends and have a good catch-up. We really enjoy coming.

Ray enjoyed a day with family to celebrate his birthday and the dance club then organised their own party the following day with the man himself invited to do the lap of honour to his favourite dance - the foxtrot.

The Castle Bromwich resident, who started dancing when he was 17, worked for 20 years at the Dunlop Tyre Company in Erdington. He was not conscripted, as his job was top priority for the war effort but he was in the fire watchers based at Walmley Ash.

After leaving Dunlop, Ray and Dolly - who have one daughter, Lorraine, - bought a greengrocers shop in Weoley Castle and kept this running for 16 years.

They then moved to a shop in Hobs Moat and stayed there for the next four years.

The pair, who have been married 65 years, have happy memories of attending the Margaret Morris School of Dance, where they learned square dancing and became members of the school troupe, dancing at venues across the Midlands.

For more information on the Thursday afternoon tea dance, contact Kath on 0121 709 0523.

 

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