12/06/2013 05:48 BST | Updated 11/08/2013 06:12 BST

Britain's Oldest Pole Dancer Says Sport Has Given Her New Body Confidence (PICTURES)

Cecylia, Britain's oldest pole dancer
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Cecylia, Britain's oldest pole dancer

At 65, Cecylia Metcalfe is the oldest pole dancer in Britain -- but she says she feels younger than ever.

Cecylia, from Durham, took up the unusual hobby after her 28-year marriage fell apart.

Now she says she's been given a new lease of life and that dancing in revealing clothes has done wonders for her body confidence.

And it means she's even found love again.

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"After the divorce went through, I felt as free as a bird. I felt like my own person again, not just someone's wife," she said.

"It's given me a real confidence boost."

So there was no holding back when Cecylia spotted 66-year-old Alec Lister at a party.

While the pair shared no immediate interests -- Alec's love of metal detecting is a far cry from Cecylia's pole dancing -- they hit it off.

She said: "He was a little surprised when I told him about the pole in the front room. But he can't believe how fit it keeps me."

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Cecylia admits pole dancing was difficult at first.

Working as a nurse at the North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust, her only exercise was running between wards.

She said: "It requires an incredible amount of fitness and strength. I never went to the gym because I was so busy looking after the kids."

Now the tables have turned and it is Cecylia's daughter Rebecca who is looking after her mother. The 36-year-old, who has been pole dancing for five years has been showing her the ropes.

"I was a bit surprised when mum said she wanted to join in," Rebecca said. "But then I thought, 'why not?' Age has no limits."

"Now she's even giving me a run for my money," she added.