Head back in time with vintage Forest Gate event

PUBLISHED: 08:00 19 September 2015

Swing Patrol Forest Gate will be performing at the 1940's themed night at the Wanstead Tap (Picture: Swing Patrol UK)

Swing Patrol Forest Gate will be performing at the 1940's themed night at the Wanstead Tap (Picture: Swing Patrol UK)


Find your favourite dancing shoes and head back in time for a vintage celebration.

A 1940’s party is taking place at the Wanstead Tap on October 3 with performances from the highly-acclaimed dancing school, Swing Patrol and singer Cody Lee Smart.

Organiser Tony Betts, from the Redbridge Rotary Club, said he first came up with the idea to hold the an event at the popular Forest Gate spot while celebrating his birthday there last year.

“During my birthday party which was held at the Wanstead Tap in November, someone mentioned that the building looked like an Anderson Shelter that they used to have during the war,” he said.

“I looked around and thought it really did look like a shelter and that is when I thought to organise an evening with a 1940’s theme.

“I am really excited about it, there is going to be great performances and it’s going to be a good night.”

Guests will be expected to dress up in their vintage gear to enjoy the party in true swing style.

Tony added: “People need to dress up, it’s all part of the event, but I do want to stress that the theme is not all to do with the war, we will be celebrating the whole decade.”

During the event, guests will be able to enjoy a performance from leading dance company, Swing Patrol, who run weekly classes from the Forest Tavern every Monday.

Scott Cupit, founder of Swing Patrol, said: It’s going to be a great night, everything is going to be vintage and we’re really going to get the dance floor going.

“We’ll start off with a taster lesson just to create a fun atmosphere and have a laugh.”

Scott who introduced Swing Patrol to Forest Gate after moving to the area two years ago said he was excited to be performing at the Wanstead Tap.

“I haven’t been there yet but I’ve heard great things so I can’t wait.”

The former banker, turned dancing teacher, also explained that the interest in the swing dance classes has increased in recent weeks.

He said: “Since we’ve started holding our classes in the Forest Tavern the numbers have shot up.

“It is such a great venue, the location is great, it is accessible, which makes it a lot easier for people to attend.

“As I live in Forest Gate I was really passionate about bringing swing dance to the area and everyone has been really happy with the success.

“It is just about having fun and as long as you can tap your feet you’ll have a great time.”

The 1940’s night starts at 7.30pm. Tickets are priced at £15 and must be booked in advance.

Contact or call 07970 087230 for information.

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