Gallant Burnfoot sisters get into the spirit of the fifties

1950s dance in Buncrana this Saturday night ahead of charity trip to South Africa

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TWO BURNFOOT sisters, who plan to travel to South Africa on a charity mission later this year, have organised a special 1950s dance this weekend to fund the trip. Janet and Elaine McGrory will travel to Capetown in November to assist with the building of a new school for poor kids there. They will be part of a delegation from Mellon Educate, a charity that has already helped to provide education for more than 10,000 young children. To help raise money for the mercy mission, Janet and Elaine are hosting a throwback dance this Saturday night, June 4, at the Plaza, Buncrana, where the music of star attraction, ‘The Jive Cats’, will form the soundtrack as locals dance the night away. There will also be a jiving contest with 1950s dress optional during what promises to be a night to remember, recreating the Plaza Ballroom’s legendary dance history. Janet, who ‘definitely doesn’t remember the 1950s herself!’, says the McGrory sisters wanted to do something a ‘bit different’ with their main fundraiser. They were so keen to secure ‘The Jive Cats’ that they booked the top Dublin band a full year ago.

Authentic music

“We wanted the music to be really authentic and they are the best band around. They are extremely popular and talented,” Janet said, urging as many people as possible to come along this Saturday night, with doors opening at 8.30pm. Mother-of-two Elaine McGrory will make her second charity-building trip to South Africa in November, having first travelled there in 2014, while for Janet it will be a maiden journey. The sisters will help build a school outside Capetown, close to the region where former South African President and anti-apartheid campaigner Nelson Mandela was born and raised. Mother-of-five Janet says she has ‘always’ wanted to travel to Africa to help people there. She says she expects the poverty to be a ‘shock to the system’ though. The Inishowen duo will contribute to the second week of the Mellon Educate project, assisting with roofing, plastering and wiring among other necessary tasks.

Tickets for the 1950s fundraising dance, at €15 each, are available at the door on Saturday night; at Mac’s Newsagents, Buncrana; at Bradley’s, Fahan or by calling Janet or Elaine on 0861087160 or 0863773313. (See advert on page 33 for more details)