Teapots and Twirls in aid of The Prince of Wales HospiceMay 26 2012 · Tea dances, Workshops
Brews, booze and boogying in the sun
The very first Teapots and Twirls was held on a fabulously sunny day at the end of May 2012. This event was a little different from all the others because firstly we gave all the proceeds to The Prince of Wales Hospice and secondly all the tea was provided by Yorkshire Tea’s travelling tea van, Little Urn.
There were a few alarming moments where we thought that Little Urn was going to get stuck as he edged through the comically small space between the gateposts, but he made it through unscathed and before long, tea chiefs Susie and Henry had set up camp in the car park. High-fives to them for spending their Saturday sweltering in a steaming hot van whilst bringing brews, tasting knowledge and general tea-tasticness to the occasion.
Because the event was for charity, we got a whole heap of help from some other very lovely people too. After putting a call for help out on Twitter, we amassed a cake-ophany of delicious baked goods from various people, notably members of the Leeds Clandestine Cake Club.
Our fabulous friend George donated her time and mad hairdressing skills to adorn the heads of our female guests with beautiful victory rolls. And our mate Cato, a master of mixology, donated some bottles of booze and a recipe for an iced teapot cocktail containing gin, Yorkshire Tea and apricot jam for anyone wanting a refreshing alternative to the hot stuff. Turns out it was a good move because the day just got hotter and hotter!
Lindy lovers from all over Leeds came to dance the day away to acoustic duo Leeds City Stompers, who packed the dance floor with their blend of vintage blues, jazz, folk and boogie tunes. Tessa’s band, The Honeybirds, also had a slot, adding their vibrant Andrews Sisters sounds to the bill.
Quite by accident the event fell on Frankie Manning’s birthday too, so we ended the day with the Shim Sham – and we’ve done this ever since.
Thanks to everyone who came – we raised £512 for The Prince of Wales Hospice and had a brilliant time while we were at it.
Take a look at the photos from the day below and view a little video too!