Head back in time with vintage Forest Gate event

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. 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.”

See what the Newham Recorder had to say here.

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