Winnie’s a dancing queen -aged 99

Winnie Dickinson, of Rossington, who is still dancing at 99. She's pictured here with Terry Barker, who along with Malinda Lygo runs the Christ Church social dance group, which holds it dances at the Parklands Social Club, in Wheatley Hall Road.
Winnie Dickinson, of Rossington, who is still dancing at 99. She's pictured here with Terry Barker, who along with Malinda Lygo runs the Christ Church social dance group, which holds it dances at the Parklands Social Club, in Wheatley Hall Road.
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SHE’s still a dancing queen - at the grand old age of 99.

Doncaster pensioner Winnie Dickinson has just celebrated her birthday and is already looking forward to reaching her century next April.

The Rossington widow, who was born in the same year as the Titanic sank, has proved a lot more indestructible - and still attends weekly dancing sessions at the Parklands Sports and Social Club in Wheatley Hall Road.

Mrs Dickinson, who spent her childhood in Colchester, Essex, before moving to Yorkshire, is the oldest member of the dance group but still fit on her feet.

She never fails to attend the dance afternoons at the club, usually with her dance partner, Arthur Taylor, also from Rossington - who at 10 years younger is jokingly referred to as her ‘toy boy’.

Dance organiser Malinda Lygo made sure a big party was laid on when she realised Mrs Dickinson was approaching her 99th birthday.

More than 100 people attended the do, including Mrs Dickinson’s extended family, although her 97-year-old brother was unable to make it from his home in Essex because of the distance.

“It was lovely,” she said. “I made sure I had a dance because that’s what I wanted to do for my birthday.

“I’ve always enjoyed going dancing ever since I was a little girl.

“A few years ago I saw a notice about Malinda’s dances at The Earl of Doncaster Hotel but I didn’t have a partner.

“I mentioned it to my friend, Arthur, and he said, ‘I’ll take you’.

“We’ve been going ever since,” said Mrs Dickinson.

Malinda said Mrs Dickinson was overwhelmed by the party.

“She thought it was the best party she’d ever had.

“It was lovely to see nearly all her family there.

“She looked really nice for a lady of her age and she is still very fit. She made sure she danced with the youngest man in the room.

“She still comes every week, rain or shine and she’s already looking forward to her 100th birthday party with us.”