Dance veteran celebrates at theatre
A LEGEND of South Wales dance has celebrated her 91st birthday in Llanelli's new theatre.
Raie Copp — who has been teaching children to dance for the past 62 years — celebrated her birthday on the stage of the Y Ffwrnes with members of the Raie Copp School of Dance.
The youngsters had been among the first people to perform in the new venue as part of the Friendship Theatre Group's panto Aladdin.
Principal of the Raie Copp School of Dance, Melanie Sullivan, hailed the show and the theatre a success.
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"We were honoured to open the theatre," she said.
"It is ironic because the children were the last to perform at Theatr Elli before it closed and they were the first in the new theatre — it is quite an achievement. It was absolutely fantastic to perform there. The children took it all in their stride.
"The facilities at the theatre were second to none."
Melanie said Raie enjoyed her birthday and had a tour of the new theatre before watching Aladdin.
"Raie loved the panto and the theatre," Melanie added.
"She said it was the best panto she had ever seen, which means a lot coming from her!"