Winnie a dancing queen at the tender age of 99!

99 year old Winnie Dickinson dances with Terry Barker for her birthday. Picture: Andrew Roe
99 year old Winnie Dickinson dances with Terry Barker for her birthday. Picture: Andrew Roe

a DANCING club’s oldest member is keeping everyone on their toes after celebrating her 99th birthday.

Winnie Dickinson has been a regular at Parklands Sport and Social Club in Wheatley Hall Road for nearly 20 years.

Never missing a session, she attends every week with her ‘toy boy’ Arthur Taylor, 89, for a turn on the dancefloor.

“We have spent 16 to 18 years dancing all the time, we don’t smoke or drink but our legs go together,” she said.

Winnie, a widow, originally from Colchester, Essex, moved to Rossington nearly 75 years ago.

Throughout her life she held a range of jobs, working as a Rossington dress maker, making wedding dresses and ballroom outfits for people in the village.

More than 100 people turned up for the big day at the dancing club, including Mrs Dickinson’s extended family.

However, her younger brother, John Parker, 97, who lives in Essex, was hoping to attend but could not make it because of the distance.

Winnie said: “He tried to come up here. He said he was still driving his car, but it is 180 miles and he couldn’t get up.”

She added: “It was a lovely day. I think dancing is a good way to keep going and keep active.

“You have got to want to do something all the time, you have got to live all the time.”

And Winnie makes sure she shows the younger men a trick or two.

Dance club organiser Malinda Lygo said: “She likes the Yorkshire lads and she always picks the youngest in the room to dance with.

“She loves her birthdays and looks forward to it from one to another.

“She is a very trendy lady and what I think keeps Winnie going and all of us going is that she is very socially connected.”

Malinda said dancing has always featured in Winnie’s life, especially when holidaying in her younger years.

She said: “Every holiday was a dancing holiday and Butlins was the place to dance.

“I think her life has always revolved around dancing.”

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