Dozens bid farewell to Norfolk’s dancing queen Peggy Spencer at her funeral near King’s Lynn

Peggy Spencer (left) on her 95th birthday. Picture: Submitted

Peggy Spencer (left) on her 95th birthday. Picture: Submitted - Credit: Archant

Dozens of friends, family and loved ones of Norfolk's dancing queen Peggy Spencer filled St Faith's Church in Gaywood for her funeral on Thursday morning.

Peggy Spencer , the doyenne of dance.

Peggy Spencer , the doyenne of dance.

People from across the country and overseas attended the service in memory of Mrs Spencer, who was a choreographer and judge on the popular television show Come Dancing for 50 years.

She died at her home in King's Lynn on May 25 with her daughter Helena Anderson beside her.

Ms Anderson gave a tribute during the funeral on behalf of the family.

She said her mother's 'pride and joy' came from teaching those who 'almost apologised' for turning up to dancing classes.

Frank and Peggy Spencer.

Frank and Peggy Spencer.


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'They were the ones from whom she got her most satisfaction.'

She added they all held her mother 'in love and esteem' but were always 'aware of her shortcomings', which included, according to Ms Anderson, an inability to sing and carry out household chores.

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'Life wasn't all a bowl of cherries for mum, but her positive attitude got her through the difficult times,' she said.

Mrs Spencer, who died at the age of 95, taught beginner and intermediate dancers at Gaywood Community Centre in King's Lynn.

Peggy with Terry Wogan on Come Dancing.

Peggy with Terry Wogan on Come Dancing. - Credit: Archant

She was also president of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing and trained world champion formation teams.

With her husband Frank, she was made an MBE for her devotion to the dancing world.

Mrs Spencer's coffin was carried out of church to The Last Waltz.

Peggy Spencer's funeral service was held at St Faith's Church, Gaywood. Picture: Ian Burt

Peggy Spencer's funeral service was held at St Faith's Church, Gaywood. Picture: Ian Burt

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