Rock ‘n rollers notch up 30 frenetic years

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By Mick Jensen

Ashburton Rock ‘n Roll Club is celebrating its 30th year and a special birthday dance is lined up at the Tinwald Memorial Hall on December 1.

Rock n’ roll enthusiasts, past and present, are invited to take to the dance floor for the rocking event.

The dance party will feature live music from Th’ Art of Cheese, spot prizes and a birthday cake. There will be bring your own drinks and nibbles and a shared plate and also a display of 1950s-era vehicles in the car park.

Ashburton Rock n’ Roll Club president Graeme Wells said similar celebrations had been held in the past to mark the club’s 21st and 25th years.

Past club members were invited to be part of the upcoming celebration, which would include a nostalgic display of photographs.

Rock n’ roll dancers from clubs in Kaiapoi, Christchurch, Geraldine and Timaru had confirmed their attendance and it was hoped that around 150 dancers would turn out.

Mr Wells and his wife Megan joined the rock n’ roll club 10 years ago as dance novices and were taught by long time instructor David Cullimore, who is still involved with the club today.

“It is a friendly club, people share their skills and knowledge and dancing is a great work out,” he said.

He and his wife, who is the club secretary, loved all things from the 1950s, but especially the music from the likes of Elvis, Roy Orbison and Chuck Berry.

The Ashburton Rock n’ Roll Club was formed after a public meeting in 1988.

Club members have danced at a variety of local locations, but for many years have held club nights on Sundays from 6.30pm until 8pm at the Ashburton Club & MSA.

The sociable group travels around the Canterbury region to enjoy dances and numbers around 40.

Entry for the 30th anniversary dance, which runs from 7.30pm until 11.30pm, is $15 and can be paid at the door.

Contact Graeme Wells (027 434 1474) for more club information.