Video: Curtain falls on 30 years of fundraising tea dances at Jubilee Hall

Last Dance at the Royal British Legion, Aylsham Road. Norwich.Last three members left to right Irene

Last Dance at the Royal British Legion, Aylsham Road. Norwich.Last three members left to right Irene Arger, Beth Corston and Ave Kett, front. The Womens Branch of the Royal British Legion, Aylsham Road that has disbanded, and along with it their weekly tea dance that has been going since 1980. Photo: Steve Adams - Credit: Archant

After 30 years of music, dancers took to the floor for the last time at the former Royal British Legion community centre on Aylsham Road, ahead of its closure.

Jubilee Hall, which has hosted tea dances organised by the RBL Women's Section for the last 30 years, will close on October 6 despite lengthy campaigns to save it.

Chairwoman of the Norwich RBL Women's Section, 83-year-old Eve Kett, has been with the Legion since 1953, and said she was sad to see the end of the dances.

'It's a very sad day,' she said. 'In our group now there's just three members left. We have had tea dances for 30 years and raised £26,000 for benevolent funds.

'We have met some lovely people and made lots of friends. People come from all over the place to come to our dances. Everyone at Jubilee Hall has been so lovely to us.'


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The future of the building is unclear, as bids will be taken until October 17, leaving the many groups who use the hall looking for a new venue.

Hall manager Alan Hewitt,42, said: 'We would love somebody to take it over and keep it as a community centre. I'm still hopeful but I can't see it really happening. I think this time it's the final curtain.'

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RBL Women's Section county secretary Lesley Willcock,66, said the Norwich branch, which will close at the same time as the hall, made a real contribution to the RBL as a whole.

'The amount of money they have raised over the years is amazing,' she said. 'But it's a sign of the times, people don't have the same social needs now.'

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