Skegness dancers in tribute to Dame Vera for her 100th birthday celebration

Well meet again - Janice Sutton (centre) with Debbie Jenner and Julie Kirk. ANL-170203-162701001
Well meet again - Janice Sutton (centre) with Debbie Jenner and Julie Kirk. ANL-170203-162701001

Two of Janice Sutton’s original dancers from Skegness are appearing in a tribute show tonight for Dame Vera Lynn’s 100th anniversary.

For the past few months Debbie Jenner and Julie Kirk have been rehearsing alongside 70 of Dougie Squire’s ex-Young and Second Generation dancers who are also taking part in the show at the London Paladium.

Debbie (right, in straw boater) with  Julie in TVs Junior Showtime in 70s. ANL-170203-162545001

Debbie (right, in straw boater) with Julie in TVs Junior Showtime in 70s. ANL-170203-162545001

It is the first time Debbie and Julie have danced together in 44 years - but when the Standard caught up with them at a reunion with Janice Sutton in Skegness they said it just felt like old times.

Debbie said: “It’s been great fun. Most of the dancers are in their 50s and 60s and the routine is very fast and challenging but we are loving it.”

Many will recognise it as the opening song from the award-winning film La La Land.

Julie said: “It’s like we are 21 again. We are doing a lot of things we probably shouldn’t. I go home and think maybe I shouldn’t have done that last lift. But we are having a fabulous time.”

We are doing a lot of things we probably shouldn’t. I go home and think maybe I shouldn’t have done that last lift

Julie Kirk

Both dancers continued careers in the spotlight after leaving Skegness. Debbie, who appeared in numerous TV shows, including BBC’s ‘The Good Old Days’, now lives in the Wolds, often travelling to the Netherlands where she introduced aerobics and still instructs teachers.

Julie’s first job was in LA. She has appeared on the West End stage and more recently, in 2013, was one of the dancers in Sky 1’s Got To Dance, hosted by Davina McCall. She now lives in Wales and teachers Zumba Gold.

They met up with Janice at The Vine Hotel in Skegness. Janice said: “I’m so proud of my girls. They are both so talented. We’ve had some great times.”

Debbie and Julie at rehearsals for Dame Vera Lynns 100th birthday show. ANL-170203-163303001

Debbie and Julie at rehearsals for Dame Vera Lynns 100th birthday show. ANL-170203-163303001

Debbie (right, in straw boater) with  Julie in TVs Junior Showtime in 70s. ANL-170203-162545001

Debbie (right, in straw boater) with Julie in TVs Junior Showtime in 70s. ANL-170203-162545001

Dougie Squires' Generation dancers in rehearsals with Wayne Sleep. ANL-170803-095341001

Dougie Squires' Generation dancers in rehearsals with Wayne Sleep. ANL-170803-095341001