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Pocklington group has its last dance

(l-r) Jack Stone - current lettings caretaker at Pocklington Community Junior School - Joyce and Roy Waterhouse, Les Person - first caretaker at the junior school when the Country Dance group moved there - and headteacher Carole Fulstow.

(l-r) Jack Stone - current lettings caretaker at Pocklington Community Junior School - Joyce and Roy Waterhouse, Les Person - first caretaker at the junior school when the Country Dance group moved there - and headteacher Carole Fulstow.

A country dance group has disbanded after running for nearly 40 years.

The group, which was based at Pocklington Community Junior School, was run by Roy Waterhouse, of Chapel Hill Road, Pocklington, since it was formed in 1974. His wife Joyce was the secretary and treasurer of the group.

Roy has decided to retire, and with nobody else to take over the running of the group and numbers falling, the group has now ceased to exist after its last country dance event at the junior school recently.

During the event, the school presented Mr Waterhouse and his wife Joyce with a small hamper, including a small Pocklington Bear and personalised Christmas pudding to acknowledge and thank them for their long standing hire of the school hall.

Mr Waterhouse said: “We started it from scratch, it has been very successful.

“We’ve had some happy times. But now is the right time to stop.”

The group started in 1974 as a six-week evening class at Woldgate School with the late Kathy Mitchell as organiser. Then another six-weeks were run, after which, Mr Waterhouse took over as organiser.

It was based at Pocklington Scout Hut for many years until 1987, when it moved to the junior school.

 

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