Get into full swing at vintage tea dance

AS the Portadown 400 celebrations get into full swing, organisers are encouraging locals and visitors alike to dust off their dancing shoes and reserve one of the free tickets available for the Portadown 400 vintage Tea Dance tomorrow (Saturday).

Portadown 400 is a major programme of free community events which will officially celebrate Portadown’s 400 year history. The vintage tea dance is one of the first events and will take place at the Town Hall from 2.30-4.30pm with live music from renowned Swingabella dance band who will perform favourites from the 1940s, 50s and 60s.

The event will also include afternoon tea served in vintage china to create an authentic 1940’s setting while a photographer will be on hand to take and print photos of Valentines couples. The dance will also remember the American G.I.s who were stationed in Portadown during the Second World War. Tickets are free and subject to availability so to reserve your place call 028 3833 5264 or call into the Town Hall or collect on the day. Vintage outfits are not required but are most welcome.

Portadown 400 will also include a public exhibition of ‘A Bed of Roses’, a unique art installation designed by local artists and youth groups using a variety of materials to create a life-size bed of roses. The stunning community art project will be on show at Portadown Plaza today (Friday) and at the Town Hall tomorrow (Saturday).

Mayor of Craigavon, Carla Lockhart, said, “Portadown 400 is a great opportunity to celebrate everything that is great about Portadown, both past and present. The Tea Dance will be a fun event to get the whole community together to mark the start of nine months of varied events for all to enjoy.”

The Portadown 400 celebrations are being supported by a number of partner organisations including Portadown Chamber of Commerce, Translink, the Portadown Times, schools and members of the community who will work together to provide nine months of festivities.