Last tea dance at Rothesay Pavilion this week

John Denman will host the Bute Dance Club's last Rothesay Pavilion tea dance on September 9 before the building closes for major refurbishment work.
John Denman will host the Bute Dance Club's last Rothesay Pavilion tea dance on September 9 before the building closes for major refurbishment work.

Rothesay Pavilion will reach the end of another era this week with the holding of the last-ever traditional ‘tea dance’ before the building closes for refurbishment.

Members of the Bute Dance Club will gather at the Pavilion this Wednesday, September 9, at 2pm for their last dance of the summer under the guidance of compere John Denman and his Technics organ.

John moved from Rothesay to Dunoon last year, but has made weekly return visits throughout this summer to enable the club’s members to enjoy one more season of sequence dancing before the building closes for a refurbishment which will cost more than £8 million.

Once the building closes, the organ itself will be moved to the hall of the United Church of Bute in High Street, where it will come under the care of the church’s organist, local choirmaster and musical director Tony Spencer.

* Thanks to local author Myra Duffy, creator of the Isle of Bute murder mystery novels - and in particular ‘Last Dance at the Rothesay Pavilion’ - for providing the inspiration for this article’s headline!