Sudbury Sayers to go but his dances must go on - John calls it a day after 23 years and £50,000 raised

John Sayers stepping down from running tea dances at the Delphi Centre in Sudbury, looking for someone to take his role over.
Picture Mark Westley ANL-161122-152624009
John Sayers stepping down from running tea dances at the Delphi Centre in Sudbury, looking for someone to take his role over. Picture Mark Westley ANL-161122-152624009

After 23 years of organising and running weekly tea dances in Sudbury, town stalwart John Sayers is to hang up his dancing shoes.

The dances at the Delphi Centre in Newton Road have seen countless numbers of dancers get together on alternate Wednesday afternoons, with around £50,000 raised for charity.

Mr Sayers, who is a Sudbury town and Suffolk county councillor, has called time on his involvement.

“I would say that 23 years is a good stint, but I am hoping to find someone who will continue the organisation.

“Whilst I shall be reflecting back on many years of happy dancing experiences, good friendships, along with the important aspect of having given financial support to some 32 local good causes.”

In particular Mr Sayers and his fellow dancers have supported St Nicholas Hospice.

On December 21, Mr Sayers is holding a final meet up “for a mince pie and a cuppa”.

“I shall be thanking those friendly dancers and helpers who have given me loyal support over the years.

“I will always remember our very first tea dance, held in North Street School in an attempt to prevent the building being demolished. But this failed and made space for the much needed car park off Girling Street.

“Organising these dances has been a pleasurable challenge and may they continue.”