Letting the New Year in with a doorstep disco

Published Thursday 31 December 2020 at 13:24

A group of neighbours are planning a dance party from their doorsteps to welcome in the New Year.

The five houses on Dalby Cresent in Cherry Tree, Blackburn, have been holding regular ‘doorstop discos’ since the first coronavirus lockdown.

The idea came from ‘Reach For The Stars’, a national initiative to learn a routine and dance on your doorstep, which began in April.

Since then, the residents of Dalby Crescent have held a one hour disco on their driveways twice a week and are now planning a big New Year’s Eve dance.

The dancing has helped to keep the street active and has meant that the residents can support each other while keeping a safe distance.

One resident who turned eighty in October and has been shielding since the first national lockdown has enjoyed the company of her neighbours at the regular doorstep discos.

Tracey Marsden, one of the residents involved, said:

The doorstep disco has been great for our community. Our relationships have really strengthened and it has helped us to keep our neighbours company.

We have had some fantastic birthday discos – three neighbours had big birthdays during lockdown. Sixty, seventy and eighty!

It’s meant that we’ve been able to have socially distanced parties – we even did something for VE Day and Halloween.

Doorstep dancing has kept us going all year.

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