KELLY BROWN: It is not just our children who can wear fancy dress...

I was surrounded by people dancing in their shell suits '“ and it didn't look odd at all!

Monday, 8th February 2016, 4:55 pm
Updated Thursday, 7th June 2018, 6:39 pm
Kelly Brown

There were also glow sticks, leg warmers and overly bright disco outfits and more wigs than you can count.

Oh, and Smurfs.

Okay, I should probably explain where I was because while it is okay to be surrounded by an ecclectic mix of children in fancy dresss outfits, it is not necessarily so when surrounded by adults wearing the same.

I went along to a rather chilly Bournemouth for Peter Kay’s first ever ‘Dance For Life’ event at the BIC.

It was the dancing equivilant of the popular Race For Life events, raising money for Cancer Research, with three hours of dancing to just about every cheesy song you can imagine. Think giant school or wedding disco.

Kicking off with the Birdie Song it took a detor via ABBA, Take That, Wham and Mark Ronson before ending up at the Sound of Music. (So Long, Farewell and all of that!)

With videos of Gloria Hunniford, weather presenters and Rick Astley holding up a sign saying ‘Hello Bournemouth’, you got the idea that all the grown-ups in the room were simply out for a good time and didn’t care what they looked like – dad dancing included.

And so I come back to the fancy dress which I think must have been worn by about two thirds of the people there.

Down on the dance floor there were folks dressed as Minions, Oompa-Loompas and the Village People, as well as one poor bloke dressed as Scooby-Doo. He must have been hot.

Now it is here that I must confess that neither me nor my dancing partner were dressed up. Having spent the day in Bournemouth beforehand it probably would have looked a little odd strolling along the prom dressed as giant bananas or something like that.

Children can get away with being in fancy dress while shopping, but I;m afraid adults just look slightly nuts.

But one place no-one looked out of place was in that giant disco, proving the point that you are never too old to be in fancy dress. Not when it comes to raising money for charity anway.