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Dancing keeps Ida, 99, feeling 'fit and young'

By gail robinson, Town Reporter Sunday 19th January 2014
Ida Harris

Keep dancing!

 

Ida Harris certainly takes to heart the message at the end of Strictly Come Dancing every week- for the 99-year-old keeps dancing twice a week.

 

So when she celebrates her 100th birthday next month with family and friends, Ida intends taking quite a few twirls around the dance floor.

 

The sprightly former district nurse admits she is not as fast on her feet as she may once have been.

 

She has taken a few tumbles at home over recent months and is currently reluctantly using a walking stick to get around.

 

But once she arrives at her regular tea dances in Wilthorpe and Notton, Ida dispenses with the stick.

 

"Actually as long as you have a dance partner to hold on to you don't need a stick at all," she laughs.

 

"I love dancing, I believe it keeps me fit and feeling young and I will keep going as long as possible - just like Sir Bruce says on the television."

 

Ida was in her 40s when she met her late husband Bert. They lived in Upper Sheffield Road and were regular ramblers and dancers.

 

"Bert was a lovely dancer, I could have stayed in his arms forever when he danced me around the room," said Ida.

 

When Bert died in the mid 1960s, Ida moved to her present home in Edgehill Road, Staincross Common.

 

"I'm still independent, although as a concession to my age I do pay people to do my gardening and shopping and cleaning," she said.

 

"If I ever have complained about slowing down or my joints getting stiff people say to me - what do you expect at your age and I do know that I don't do too badly at all.

 

"I'm very independent and I'm lucky to have been fit and active all my life and it's lovely to still be able to dance because it really does give me so much pleasure."

 

Ida will be 100 next month and celebrate with a party at St John's church hall in Staincross.

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