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17:18 27 January 2014

Step dancing in Cromer Library. Fiona Davies giving a demonstration.

Step dancing in Cromer Library. Fiona Davies giving a demonstration. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Archant Norfolk 2014

Library users in a north Norfolk town were treated to musical seaside tradition by a member of a long-standing fishing family.


Fiona Davies, daughter of former Cromer lifeboat coxswain Richard Davies, performed step dancing at Cromer library today during a talk about the art.

Her father, who died in 2010, and grandfather were keen step dancers and the skill has now passed down to her son and daughter, 20 and 17.

Ms Davies, 44, an artist from Lower Common, East Runton, said: “It is quite elating to dance. It is a happy dance. The music goes into your ears and out of your feet. You use your feet as a drum.”

She added that there were no specific steps and dancers had the chance to “freestyle” to the beat. Ms Davies, who performs in her father’s size-10 dancing shoes, learnt the skill of her grandfather and her father taught the dance to her children.

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  • I for one do not agree with the library holding these type of events. There were people in the picture using the computers and it couldn't have been nice for them with the noise. Libraries were places that you went to, knowing you had to be quiet and you could go to quietly read or study. Dancing and music can be enjoyed in other venues around town, such as the museum.

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