Stradbroke step dancer defies age after bagging trophy double

Lenny Whiting, 72, of Stradbroke, was double championship winner at Stepdance Day in Worlingworth.

Lenny Whiting, 72, of Stradbroke, was double championship winner at Stepdance Day in Worlingworth.

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A 72-year-old north Suffolk resident proved age is not an obstacle last month when he became the first person to win both of the competitions at an annual dancing event in the Worlingworth Swan.

Lenny Whiting, a retired horseman from Stradbroke, cemented his billing as one of the region’s top stepdancers at the East Anglian Traditional Music Trust’s (EATMT) Stepdance Day on Sunday, July 26, after claiming the top prize in both the Steve Monk Memorial Stepdance Championship, and the Font Whatling Traditional Stepdance contest.

Katie Howson, representative of the EATMT, said: “Over 200 people gathered to see some of the best stepdancers in the region and more than 20 people took part in the two competitions held during the day, with the aim of to keeping the local traditional style alive and in good shape.

“Lenny has previously won both competitions, but never both in the same year. Dominic Smith from Wingfield came second in both competitions, so Lenny has some stiff competition in future years!”

In addition to the dancing competitions, a minute’s silence was held in honour of Percy West, a well-known member of the stepdancing scene and former Stepdance Day champion, who passed away in Palgrave on Saturday, July 25.