Eurovision Fever grips The Vale

The Vale has been gripped by Eurovision fever as this month’s dance class, led by Kathryn Chapman, adopted the popular music contest as its theme.

Everybody got into the spirit of the event hand jiving, waving their arms and finger clicking in time to the music – and that was just for the ‘Jack in the Box’ warm up.

Thankfully, no-one had their skirt whipped off during Buck’s Fizz’ ‘Making Your Mind Up’ but they enthusiastically executed the special toe swivelling routine for ‘Save All Your Kisses for Me’.

Shiny suits and platform boots were not needed for Abba’s ‘Waterloo’ though many pretended they were wearing them anyway.

Dolores showed she had remembered most of the past winning songs by singing along to all of them at the top of her voice.

Things began to cool down a little with Sam Ryder’s ‘Space Man’, which proved a surprisingly popular hit from last year’s contest. This was followed by three-time Irish winner, Johnny Logan, who won the contest in 1980, 1987 and 1992.

A post-dance cup of coffee prompted lots of discussion about previous Eurovisions and people’s favourite songs. These ranged from Sandy Shaw’s ‘Puppet on a String’, Sir Cliff’s ‘Congratulations’ and the later, ‘Power to All Our Friends,’ and Olivia Newton-John’s ‘Long Live Love’.

Was there a final consensus? Let’s just say they had trouble ‘making their minds up’. The one thing they did all agree on – to wish Mae Muller the best of luck with her self-penned ‘I Wrote a Song’.