New Tangled Tango #23


“For pity’s sake Steve! By all means go and enter it in your diary, but you’re fifty-seven, not ninety-seven. There’s nothing wrong with your memory. Don’t try playing the sympathy card with me. I don’t have a pity gene left in my body.”

“Okay, okay!” he said, “three weeks on Sunday at Costa at ten-thirty. I’ll see you there.”

“Bye,” she said, “See you there.”



Tuesday 12th April  St Philip’s Church Hall

The members of the group had all turned up for the dance. Most entered wearing wet clothes – even those who had only needed to dash from the car park. The rain was coming down in sheets. At least the nights were drawing-out and sunset was already about twenty minutes later than at the start of the month. It wouldn’t be dark for an hour or so.

Other than the weather, quite a lot of the conversation, as people settled into their table groupings, was about the wedding the previous weekend of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker-Bowles. Opinions were very mixed about it. Some had watched it on television, but this far North of London, Charles wasn’t very popular. Many people still resented the way that he had treated the very popular Princess Diana – if the way that he had been portrayed by the media was to be believed . He was also seen as the prince who talks to plants.

The other topic of quite-heated discussion was the coming election. Tony Blair’s popularity was generally thought to have waned.

All-in-all, Geoff had to work harder than usual to announce his greetings and announcements. He reminded everyone that, at the previous meeting, they had been asked to let him know which resort they wished to visit so that he could approach local coach operators to seek quotes. He said that most of the feedback that he had received had been in favour of Blackpool. He asked for a show of hands and this gave unanimous backing to that option. He promised, having their decision, to obtain quotations and possible dates for a Saturday outing, preferably in late May. Again, he had the full support of everyone there.

With that business out of the way, he announced the first dance, a Mayfair Quickstep. This was a well-known and popular dance and almost everyone got up to start the evening off.

Steve was quieter than usual. He had arrived early and helped to set out the tables and chairs. He sat talking to Beryl and George during the dance and told them that he had now spoken to Marjorie and would be seeing her again shortly. They agreed that he was doing the right thing.

During the refreshments break, while Tony was across the room talking to some friends, Cathy came to sit next to Steve.

Featured Photo

Hooray! I can use dance photos for the start of the post and for the featured photo.

EXIF data were: Fujifilm X-T4 26 MP cropped sensor mirrorless camera plus Fujinon XF 10-24 f/2.8 lens. 1/1000 secs @ f/2.8 and 55 mm. ISO was 6400.

Author: writingandphotography0531

I am a retired local government officer. At that time, I was an IT manager and had associated responsibilities for training. I have previously been involved, in various organisations, with aspects of industrial training and management development. My hobby is photography and, until recently, hillwalking in Snowdonia. I have just written my first novel, Persephone and the Photographer, published as a Kindle eBook.

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