Arthur still tripping the light fantastic

99-year-old Arthur Aldersley with his special birthday cake at his weekly sequence dancing class at Barnoldswick Town Hall.
99-year-old Arthur Aldersley with his special birthday cake at his weekly sequence dancing class at Barnoldswick Town Hall.

A 99-year-old Barnoldswick man had a birthday week to remember after a sequence dancing class he’s attended for more than 25 years threw a special party for him.

Arthur Aldersley, of Alice Street, still attends every week and took part in all the dances at the regular Wednesday session at Barnoldswick Civic Hall.

Mr Aldersley has been dancing with the Barnoldswick Seniors’ Dance Group since 1988.

And the hugely popular figure was presented with a 99th birthday cake and balloon.

He also wasn’t short of dancing partners as the group’s ladies lined up to take their turn for a twirl with the birthday boy.

Arthur said: “I enjoyed it. It was very good. I’ve always done a bit of dancing. It’s what keeps me going.

“I had a good birthday. My eldest daughter came up from the Midlands and I have another daughter who lives in Barnoldswick and we went to Lothersdale as there’s a bit of a family connection.”

Asked about his dancing prowess with the ladies, he chuckled adding: “I sit with about half a dozen of them.”

Squire Firth, who helps run the group, said: “Arthur never misses and does all the dances.

“I’ve been involved for 15 years and he’s been going much longer than I have. I think he was a bit surprised but very pleased about it.

“The ladies were queueing up to have a dance with him. He’s a lovely man.”

The dance group meets in the upstairs ballroom of the Station Road hall every Wednesday between 2pm and 4pm and is open to anybody aged 50 and above.