‘Frankie Says’...it’s back to the ‘80’s with aerobathon!

Fancy dress at Todmorden Cancer Research UK's 80s aerobathon
Fancy dress at Todmorden Cancer Research UK's 80s aerobathon

Back in the mid-eighties, Lorraine Rodda (was Spencer) along with her then sister-in-law Jill, used to run weekly aerobic classes at Todmorden Town Hall.

She decided to persuade everyone to drag on their leotards (some of which were gathering dust, but still fit) or fancy dress and join her once again for a night of aerobics, laughter and catch-ups to 80s music with the aim of raising money for Cancer Research UK.

The Mayor and Mayoress of Todmorden, Michael and Nikki Gill, came to welcome everybody and were spotted joining in at the back of the ballroom!!

Some of the original enthusiasts were joined by their daughters and some of the ladies were in their 70s – which shows just how beneficial exercise can be.

Barbara Sayer who won the prize for the best outfit.

Amid much laughter and chatter, around 100 people danced and stretched and had a brilliant time.

During a short break, everyone got their breath back, had a much earned drink and bought raffle tickets.

The night raised, through tickets and raffle, £1,068, and sent everyone home happy and energised, clutching their goody bags, with many promises of ‘let’s not leave it so long to meet up again’.

Katie Amos, along with a committee member, took photos throughout the event. Katie’s photos are available on her website www.equineshoot.com. She is charging £5 per photo, with 50p per shot going to the charity.

The committee would like to thank Waterside Gym for providing the rehearsal studio free of charge and Pennine Provisions for supplying paper carrier bags.

Thanks also to the following who donated raffle prizes: Byron & Bronte Fitness Wear; Christine Edwards Lingerie, Hebden Bridge; Joyce’s Closet, Hebden Bridge; Katie Amos Photography; Smudge Nail Boutique, Hebden Bridge; and Stone Hair Art, Todmorden.