If you were "a teenager in love" in Workington the early sixties, the chances are that you met your beloved on a Saturday night at one of the "Tin Mission" dances.
You would have been let out to dance the night away (well from 7:30 to 10 at least!) at the "Tin Mish" as it was known.
The idea for the teenage dances at the Tin Mission came from James Fletcher, Ron Hill and Norman Brayton going to the popular Rosthwaite and Threlkeld dances in Ron's Morris 1000 van or Jimmy's Standard Ten and thinking "we can do this".
The Tin Mission is situated in Queen Street, Workington and is owned by the Workington Amateur Operatic Society who use it as their rehearsal hall.
The lads approached the society and asked if they could use the Misson for the dances.
Permission was granted, but only under two conditions - no alchohol and entrance by membership cards only.
Saturday afternoons were spent getting the hall ready for the evening dance.
Coats were taken at the door by Mabel Barnes and hands were stamped by Les Hill, Jack Fulder or Ken and Gwen Tweddle