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Pictures: Spitalfields tea dance raises money for sight loss charity

PUBLISHED: 17:33 25 September 2014 | UPDATED: 17:45 25 September 2014

The Pearly Queen of Islington, Phyllis Broadbent, enjoys the tea dance at Spitalfields Market to raise awareness of National Eye Health Week.

The Pearly Queen of Islington, Phyllis Broadbent, enjoys the tea dance at Spitalfields Market to raise awareness of National Eye Health Week.

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Dancers put on their gladrags and took to the floor at Old Spitalfields Market yesterday to raise money for a sight loss charity.

The tea dance, saw blind and partially sighted people join volunteers from the Thomas Pocklington Trust and some of the capital’s Pearly Kings and Queens to support National Eye Health Week.

The New Covent Garden Dance Orchestra provided the music as the participants waltzed and quickstepped their way through the market.

Keith Valentine, director of empowerment at the trust, said: “The tea dance was a wonderful event and everyone had a lovely time.

“It is so important to ensure the blind and visually impaired are empowered to take part within their communities.”

The Thomas Pocklington Trust supports those with sight loss as well as raise awareness of the fact that 50% of sight loss can be avoided.

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