Saturday, 21 November 2009

When the local palais was the place to be dancing

When the local palais was the place to be dancing

Where better to go of an evening than to the local palais for a night of dancing to the latest bands? At least, that is how it used to be, up until the 1960s. I'm sure many a reader's parents or grandparents met at just such a venue.

Such elegance and gentleness is sadly few and far between in this modern age of "raves" and discos. Time for a comeback, methinks!

This article was taken from my local newspaper, the Essex Evening Echo. Usually more of a source of unintentionally humorous pieces, sometimes it still has the capacity to surprise - thanks mainly to Tom King, local author and one of their better reporters.

This picture is of the Palace Hotel ballroom circa 1923. Linked to this entry partly because it is to do with ballroom, but mainly because it is how I think all dancing events should look.

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