On Monday, 8 November, BBC Coventry & Warwickshire held a tea dance for the 70 people and their families who shared their Coventry Blitz memories for our 70 Stories for 70 Years series.
The dance was held in the Great Hall at the Guildhall in Coventry. It was damaged during the blitz in 1940, but was restored between 1952-1953. The tea dance gave people the opportunity to meet people who they may not have seen for years.
It also gave people the opportunity to meet neighbours they didn't know they had in 1940. From gathering the stories, we found that many had the same experiences during the Coventry Blitz.
It was a great afternoon and the music was provided by the University of Warwick Big Band. Also present was a replica of a tea urn, which was seen on The One Show.
The tea urn was made by a metal works in Leeds. Tea dance host, BBC Coventry & Warwickshire's Lorna Bailey, speaks to the maker John Dace. The original tea urn was made by Ted Simmonds, who after the blitz, made an urn for Coventry, so they could have tea.
The music from the University of Warwick Big Band got everyone up and dancing and brought a taste of 40's swing.
Enjoying tea, cake and sandwiches at the Guildhall.
BBC Midlands Today were also recording the event, and doing a live link into the lunchtime programme. Here, Kevin Reide speaks with BBC Coventry & Warwickshire's Siobhan Harrison about the week long series, Beyond the Blitz.
Blitz survivor Michael Logan, who lost his mother, father and brother in the Coventry Blitz, says hello to Kevin Reide. As part of Beyond the Blitz, Kevin Reide and Siobhan Harrison took Michael to Dresden.
After tea, there was plenty of time for dancing! BBC Coventry & Warwickshire's Marian McNamee also had whirl around on the floor.
BBC Coventry & Warwickshire's Mark Powlett (middle-top) also broadcast his afternoon programme live from the dance. Others from BBC Coventry & Warwickshire also popped in to join in the fun.
Throughout the afternoon, a book was passed around for people to leave their messages of remembrance. The book will also be in the BBC Coventry & Warwickshire Open Centre.
The tea dance was presented by BBC Coventry & Warwickshire's Lorna Bailey and at one point during the afternoon, a scroll was handed over to the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum. This was to represent the handing over of the 70 Stories for 70 Years.
The Herbert Art Gallery & Museum will add the stories to their collection and will use them at their museum, online and on mobile phone technology. They will help as a learning tool for all those wanting to know more about the Coventry Blitz.
A wonderful afternoon was had by all - and the icing on the cake was a personal message of thanks from Dame Vera Lynn, which was played out at the end of the dance.
The 70 Stories for 70 Years have been broadcast on BBC Coventry & Warwickshire and will also be available via our website.