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Magpie Dance charity celebrates 30 years with dazzling performance at Langley Park

PUBLISHED: 15:15 04 November 2015 | UPDATED: 15:15 04 November 2015

Magpie's junior dancers

Magpie's junior dancers

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The charity works with children and adults with learning disabilities

A Bromley charity celebrated its 30th anniversary on Sunday with a special performance.

Magpie Dance – recent Bromley Business award winners of Rising Star and Overall Business of the Year 2015 – is an inclusive dance charity that works with children and adults with learning disabilities.

The performance, which took place at Langley Park Centre for the Performing Arts in Beckenham, showcased dance with live music, created with across all of Magpie’s age groups.

The show was attended by the Mayor of Bromley Kim Botting, Bromley council’s chief executive Doug Patterson and Magpie Dance’s youth group patron, former Eastenders actress Kellie Shirley.

Founder, and current executive and artistic director, Avril Hitman said: “This performance was a significant achievement in Magpie’s 30th anniversary year, and I’m thrilled that all of Magpie’s team and supporters were there to share in the celebration.

“The Magpie dancers inspired and thrilled the audiences with their captivating performances, and we were forunate to have a live band with specially composed music to perform alongside them.”

The charity, which only employs two full-time members of staff, estimates it has helped more than 20,000 people since its inception in 1985.

“It’s been a tremendous year for us with the business awards win as well, and I’m incredibly proud of what we’ve achieved,” Ms Hitman added.

“It began from nothing, and when I think about what we do now, how many people we benefit and the audiences we attract, it’s incredible.

“I’d love for us to go for another 30 years.”

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