THE St Ives Corn Exchange is kicking off its 2011 programme in style by reviving a long-held tradition.

THE St Ives Corn Exchange is kicking off its 2011 programme in style by reviving a long-held tradition.

Since the 1950s, the venue has been a favourite with ballroom dancers, and now boasts a new sprung dancefloor as part of the total refurbishment which was completed last year.

The first event will be a traditional tea dance, on Sunday (January 30), with live ballroom music supplied by popular duo Tonica.

Organiser Paula Luter said the event would carry on the rich history of dancing at the Corn Exchange, and hopes they will once again become regular events.

“When we were planning the refurbishment we had lots of lovely letters from people telling us they had met their husbands and wives at dances at the Corn Exchange. We thought this might be a nice way of reintroducing the tradition.

“This first event will be ballroom music, but this is a social event and is open to everyone, even just to come and enjoy the atmosphere and the afternoon tea.”

INFORMATION: The tea dance begins at 2.15pm. Tickets are £6 and include afternoon tea. They are available from the Corn Exchange reception or by calling Paula Luter on 01480 300963.