Jive fans rocked around the clock last Friday night and helped raise much needed funds to bring the kitchens in a local community hall up to the 21st century.
Nearly 100 of them took over the community hall at St John’s Church, Rastrick, to rock back the years to the heady days of Bill Haley and Jerry Lee Lewis. At the same time they helped raise about £500 for the refurbishment of the hall’s kitchens.
Organisers of the Rock n Roll the Night Away, had staged the event as part of a long running campaign to raise over £20,000 to bring the kitchens up to the 21st century.
The evening was open to anyone who fancied turning back the clock to those carefree rock n roll years and the organisers had made sure that everyone could take part by organising a ”learn the steps,” session an hour before the real fun got under way.
“We wanted to make sure that no-one had an excuse for not taking part and we think it worked a treat,” said Julia Tum, one of the organisers.
The practice session was under the watchful eye of Nigel, or DJ Bopper 44, and a number of people took full advantage of it.
After the hour long learn the steps session the evening’s jiving got under way with music provided by Jiving Geoff.
“I was absolutely delighted with the way the evening went and how successful it was.” said Julia afterwards. “Before hand we had done quite a bit of work promoting the evening and we were very pleased to see a number of people from local rock and roll groups had come along to support us.
“At the end of the day the event’s success was down to hard work by a dedicated team of helpers and I would like to say a big thank-you to everyone who helped and to everyone who turned up and supported the evening. I am sure everyone had a super evening.”
Julia said the event had been a success right from the word go.
“It was brilliant. The music was great, the atmosphere was good and there was a tremendous sense of fun,” she said.
In addition to the music there was a bar and refreshments and there is another opportunity to do it all over again on Friday May 3 when people can once again “Rock n Roll the Night Away,” in the community hall at St John’s.
“All the hard work paid off. Everyone had a great time and hopefully the people who visited us will come back if they can on May 3 and have another thoroughly enjoyable evening,” said Julia.