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Queen’s Platinum Jubilee: Dancing and scones delight NI’s older generation celebrating at Belfast City Hall tea dance

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(From left) Georgina Brown, her daughter Karen Brennan, Patsy Straw, Sarah Murphy and Ella Corrigan

(From left) Georgina Brown, her daughter Karen Brennan, Patsy Straw, Sarah Murphy and Ella Corrigan

Dancers take to the floor

Dancers take to the floor

Ursula Burn

Ursula Burn

Sharon and John Marshall

Sharon and John Marshall

Music and dancing in full flow

Music and dancing in full flow

Joyce Clelland

Joyce Clelland

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(From left) Georgina Brown, her daughter Karen Brennan, Patsy Straw, Sarah Murphy and Ella Corrigan

Northern Ireland’s seniors turned out in force today at Belfast City Hall to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

Belfast City Council held a Jubilee tea dance to mark Her Majesty’s 70 years on the throne, appropriately taking place where the then-Princess Elizabeth and her husband, Prince Philip, were awarded the Freedom Of The City of Belfast in 1949.

A band provided the music as around 250 older citizens turned out in their finest to enjoy refreshments, have a bit of craic and hit the dance floor.

Kicking off at noon, there was already one couple up dancing when the Belfast Telegraph arrived to see what all the fuss was about.

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Peter Phillips, the Duchess of Sussex, the Duke of Sussex and Zara Tindall leave the National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral, London, on day two of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II. (Kirsty O'Connor/PA Wire)

Peter Phillips, the Duchess of Sussex, the Duke of Sussex and Zara Tindall leave the National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral, London, on day two of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II. (Kirsty O'Connor/PA Wire)

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrive for the National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral, London, on day two of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II. (Toby Melville/PA Wire)

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrive for the National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral, London, on day two of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II. (Toby Melville/PA Wire)

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arriving for the National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral, London, on day two of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II. (Aaron Chown/PA Wire)

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arriving for the National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral, London, on day two of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II. (Aaron Chown/PA Wire)

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The Duchess of Sussex leaving following the National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral, London, on day two of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II. (Toby Melville/PA Wire)

The Duchess of Sussex leaving following the National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral, London, on day two of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II. (Toby Melville/PA Wire)

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The Duchess of Cambridge leaving the National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral, London, on day two of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II. (Toby Melville/PA Wire)

The Duchess of Cambridge leaving the National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral, London, on day two of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II. (Toby Melville/PA Wire)

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A Guard of Honour on the steps of St Paul's Cathedral, London, ahead of the National Service of Thanksgiving, on day two of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II. (Kirsty O'Connor/PA Wire)

A Guard of Honour on the steps of St Paul's Cathedral, London, ahead of the National Service of Thanksgiving, on day two of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II. (Kirsty O'Connor/PA Wire)

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A general view ahead the the National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral, London, on day two of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II. (Dan Kitwood/PA Wire)

A general view ahead the the National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral, London, on day two of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II. (Dan Kitwood/PA Wire)

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The Prince of Wales arrives for the National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral, London, on day two of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II. (Toby Melville/PA Wire)

The Prince of Wales arrives for the National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral, London, on day two of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II. (Toby Melville/PA Wire)

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The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall leave the National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral, London, on day two of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II. (Kirsty O'Connor/PA Wire)

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall leave the National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral, London, on day two of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II. (Kirsty O'Connor/PA Wire)

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The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall arrive for the National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral, London, on day two of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II. (Dan Kitwood/PA Wire)

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall arrive for the National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral, London, on day two of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II. (Dan Kitwood/PA Wire)

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive for the National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral, London, on day two of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II. (Phil Noble/PA Wire)

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive for the National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral, London, on day two of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II. (Phil Noble/PA Wire)

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Former prime minister Tony Blair and his wife Cherie Blair arriving for the National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral, London, on day two of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II. (Toby Melville/PA Wire)

Former prime minister Tony Blair and his wife Cherie Blair arriving for the National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral, London, on day two of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II. (Toby Melville/PA Wire)

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Former prime minister David Cameron and his wife Samantha Cameron arrive for the National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral, London, on day two of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II. (Victoria Jones/PA Wire)

Former prime minister David Cameron and his wife Samantha Cameron arrive for the National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral, London, on day two of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II. (Victoria Jones/PA Wire)

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Former Prime Minister Theresa May and her husband Philip May arriving for the National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral, London, on day two of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II. (Toby Melville/PA Wire)

Former Prime Minister Theresa May and her husband Philip May arriving for the National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral, London, on day two of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II. (Toby Melville/PA Wire)

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson  and his wife Carrie Johnson arriving for the National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral, London, on day two of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II. (Matt Dunham/PA Wire)

Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his wife Carrie Johnson arriving for the National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral, London, on day two of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II. (Matt Dunham/PA Wire)

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson gives a reading from the New Testament during the National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral, London, on day two of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II. (Aaron Chown/PA Wire)

Prime Minister Boris Johnson gives a reading from the New Testament during the National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral, London, on day two of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II. (Aaron Chown/PA Wire)

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson, his wife Carrie Johnson (centre) and Foreign Secretary Liz Truss attend the National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral, London, on day two of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II. (Phil Noble/PA Wire)

Prime Minister Boris Johnson, his wife Carrie Johnson (centre) and Foreign Secretary Liz Truss attend the National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral, London, on day two of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II. (Phil Noble/PA Wire)

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Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and his wife Saadiya Khan arrive for the National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral, London, on day two of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II. (Kirsty O'Connor/PA Wire)

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and his wife Saadiya Khan arrive for the National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral, London, on day two of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II. (Kirsty O'Connor/PA Wire)

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Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and her husband Peter Murrell arrive for the National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral, London, on day two of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II. (Kirsty O'Connor/PA Wire)

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and her husband Peter Murrell arrive for the National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral, London, on day two of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II. (Kirsty O'Connor/PA Wire)

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arriving for the National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral, London, on day two of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II. (Matt Dunham/PA Wire)

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arriving for the National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral, London, on day two of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II. (Matt Dunham/PA Wire)

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrive for the National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral, London, on day two of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II. (Kirsty O'Connor/PA Wire)

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrive for the National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral, London, on day two of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II. (Kirsty O'Connor/PA Wire)

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Zara Tindall and her husband Mike Tindall arrive for the National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral, London, on day two of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II. (Kirsty O'Connor/PA Wire)

Zara Tindall and her husband Mike Tindall arrive for the National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral, London, on day two of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II. (Kirsty O'Connor/PA Wire)

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(front, left to right) The Duchess of Cambridge, the Duke of Cambridge, the Duchess of Cornwall and the Prince of Wales during the National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral, London, on day two of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II. (Aaron Chown/PA Wire)

(front, left to right) The Duchess of Cambridge, the Duke of Cambridge, the Duchess of Cornwall and the Prince of Wales during the National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral, London, on day two of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II. (Aaron Chown/PA Wire)

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Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi during the National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral, London, on day two of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II. (Aaron Chown/PA Wire)

Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi during the National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral, London, on day two of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II. (Aaron Chown/PA Wire)

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The Earl and Countess of Wessex, Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn, during the National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral, London, on day two of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II. (Aaron Chown/PA Wire)

The Earl and Countess of Wessex, Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn, during the National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral, London, on day two of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II. (Aaron Chown/PA Wire)

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arriving for the National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral, London, on day two of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II. (Victoria Jones/PA Wire)

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arriving for the National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral, London, on day two of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II. (Victoria Jones/PA Wire)

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Peter Phillips, the Duchess of Sussex, the Duke of Sussex and Zara Tindall leave the National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral, London, on day two of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II. (Kirsty O'Connor/PA Wire)

Karen Brennan had treated her mother, Georgina Brown, and her friends, Sarah Murphy, Patsy Straw and Ella Corrigan, to tickets for the sold-out event.

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Music and dancing in full flow

Music and dancing in full flow

Music and dancing in full flow

Sarah said the dance was “wonderful” and it was great to see so many people celebrating the Queen’s reign.

“It’s such an achievement. Seventy years on the throne is so impressive and everyone being here shows you how well she is thought of,” she said.

Asked why she is such a big fan of the Queen, Georgina said it is down to her “loyalty”.

“She has done so much for Great Britain and she still is, even though she is in her late nineties. She is a great advertisement and promoter of the union,” she said.

Over at another table Ursula Burn was decked out in a shiny tiara.

“It’s absolutely lovely,” she said of the event. “Seventy years on the throne is unbelievable. And we all love dancing and entertainment, so it’s great to have something like this to celebrate the Jubilee — what better way to do it?”

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Ursula Burn

Ursula Burn

Ursula Burn

Fresh off the dance floor was couple John and Sharon Marshall from Dromara in Co Down.

John said the event is wonderful and when asked what makes the Queen so special, he said: “She has charisma and she’s always been a very nice lady. No one can say a bad word about her.”

Sharon said she likes how the Queen “keeps her own counsel” and so many people look up to her and the example she has set.

“She’s a truly amazing woman and such a strong figurehead,” she added.

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Sharon and John Marshall

Sharon and John Marshall

Sharon and John Marshall

Joyce Clelland said it is amazing to be celebrating such a “landmark event” for the Queen.

“I’ll say this much: we’ll never see another one like her, certainly not in my lifetime or any time soon. She’s one of a kind and a brilliant woman. She always has a smile on her face and is still going strong, which is so impressive,” she said.

“She’s been around so long and never put a foot wrong. I’m so happy to be here, looking forward to a wee dance and a scone. Everyone is having a great time and I’ll remember this for the rest of my days.”

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Joyce Clelland

Joyce Clelland

Joyce Clelland

The dance floor soon filled up, with couples and friends spinning and swaying to the music, smiles all round, celebrating a once-in-a-lifetime event.


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