Love was all around on social club dancefloor

Guests at the Valentine days dance at Handsworth Social Club,Wendy Smith left dances with FLORINE NAZARETH
Guests at the Valentine days dance at Handsworth Social Club,Wendy Smith left dances with FLORINE NAZARETH
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MUSIC proved it really is the food of love as a special Valentine’s Day party brought people together to celebrate in Sheffield.

Cupid drew back his bow for around 80 couples and singletons, who enjoyed lively entertainment, dancing, and a hint of romancing at the Sheffcare event at Handsworth Social Club.

Red roses and chocolates were handed out to people of all ages who use Sheffcare’s residential, day or respite services across the city.

Betty Thompson, aged 72, of Richmond, said love was in the air - but only for the music and fun.

She added: “I’m a little too old for that romance to be honest!

“Plus, my husband Leonard is at home! He’s 94 and couldn’t come along today.

“But we’ve got some brilliant entertainment and we have each been given a rose and chocolates for Valentine’s Day which is lovely. This is one of the only chances I get to go out so it has been great and I have really enjoyed it.”

Harry Matthews, 47, praised crooner Jeff Michaels - and had his own take on February 14.

He said: “Valentine’s Day is for young lovers. It means red roses, a box of chocolates and getting her a good present, but it being a surprise.

“The music has been fantastic today though, there’s been something for everyone from 1960s and 1970s hits, tunes people can sing along to.

“There have been people of all different ages here so the entertainment is giving us all something to relate to.”

Sheffcare runs 11 homes across the city, serving more than 1,000 older people. Its Valentine’s Day event is held every year as part of its social calendar.

Coordinator Wendy Smith said: “Some people weren’t able to get up and dance but they enjoyed the party very much and clapped along. It didn’t matter whether love was in the air, it was just important that people were together and had a change from their normal day.”

“We’d really like to thank the committee at Handsworth Social Club and the steward, Jeff Harris, who gave us the venue free - we’re so grateful.”