OUR REASON TO LIVE
DENTON DANCING & SOCIAL CLUB Molly and Alan Denton started the Denton Dancing Club in 1989 in memory of Molly's youngest daughter Lorraine who died tragically in 1979 aged 14 years in a road accident. Lorraine was taking dancing lessons when she died and as Molly had always loved dancing decided they would start a club and give the money to charity. Alan needed a lot of persuasion at first, but started collecting old records from boot sales that were suitable for all kinds of dancing and gradually they both felt it gave them a reason for living. Then Molly's eldest daughter Beverley, who had suffered from post natal depression in 1991 tragically took her own life in 2001 suffering from bi polar depression aged 41 years. Molly's pain again at losing both her daughters was too much and she said she couldn't carry on. By this time there were over 100 members in the club and they were so kind and supportive it gave them the strength to carry on. Beverley's two lovely daughters Kelly and Jessica were a great comfort to Molly and Alan. Kelly has a son Harvey and daughter Lacey and Jessica twins Lillie & Archie and newborn Laylah. When Molly and Alan retired 18 years ago they decided they would go round clubs and residential homes to entertain them. They took dancers along with them and ten years ago Alan started singing for the first time in public and he was asked if he would make this CD. All proceeds will be given to Help for Heroes which has been their charity for the past seven years. They have given over £80,000 to different charities since the club started. The club is now called Denton Dancing and Social Club so even if you can't dance you are welcome to come along and make new friends at the Tilehurst Community Centre, the Triangle, Tilehurst. Alan had a triple bi-pass 13 years ago but still loves to play golf.
Alan is now 86 years old and Molly 82 years. The lyrics to This is the Moment (Highland Cathedral) were written by Molly Denton.
Contact number 0118 9453057.
Picture Johnny Fenn