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VIDEO: Elderly couple become internet-hit after dancing in city centre

86-year-old Joan Culberwell and her partner of 40 years Thomas McGonigal Photo: SWNS TV

An elderly couple have become an internet hit after they were filmed ballroom dancing in the middle of a city centre after hearing a busker playing their favourite tunes.

86-year-old Joan Culberwell and her partner of 40 years Thomas McGonigal, who is 84, waltzed in front of a stunned accordion player in Wolverhampton on Monday afternoon.

We are amazed at the response from people. It wasn't a planned thing, Joan and I were walking through town to Boots when we stopped to listen to a busker. He was playing a medley of lovely ballroom tunes and I could sense Joan moving her feet. I was tapping along and just said to her 'may I take this dance?' and that was that.

– Thomas McGonigal

Crowds began to cheer and clap the pair who met at a dancing class in the 1970s.

Just hours later a two-minute clip of their dancing was uploaded to YouTube, it has had over 2,000 hits.

I hope to see even more people catch the dancing bug - and perhaps start quick-dancing down their streets too. We watch Strictly Come Dancing together every week when it is on, and we are very nimble for our age. We do the cha cha, waltz, fox trot, samba, the quick step, we do them all.

– Thomas McGonigal

Credit: SWNS TV