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Loose Women meet Loose Women...

Friday 11th May 2018

LOOSE Women met Loose Women last month when a band of Maidstone Morris dancers appeared on the ITV daytime show.

After previous attempts to contact the show by the Maidstone group had fallen on deaf ears, the group were stunned to receive a call from those at the programme asking them to appear.

They were on the show on April 16, the first day at a new studios for the programme, with hosts Coleen Nolan, Ruth Langsford, Stacey Solomon and Jane Moore.

“It was a really lovely day,” Loose Women Morris secretary Lesley Smith said. “The presenters were all so lovely, signed autographs and posed for pictures.

“All the people there couldn’t do enough for us.

“We’d contacted them before, but never got anywhere. Then we got a call out of the blue saying that the editor had seen our Facebook page and wanted us on the show.”

The group was set up in 1977, and takes part in a number of festivals from May to August, as well as weekly meetings with other groups.

Although the dancers are all female, they do have male musicians on board, including Lesley’s husband Roger who, she says, decided that if you can’t beat them, you join them.

“I joined the group in 2006,” she added. “I used to do amateur dramatics but my group folded and I was looking for a new activity and I found the group online.

“It is so social and I have made so many friends. It’s like having another family.

“We have around 20 dancers ranging from 18 up to 62, so it really is for everyone. There’s a few all-female groups around, but 20 or 30 years ago it was definitely much more male-orientated.”

The club is always on the lookout for new members. For details, visit