More tributes paid to west Norfolk’s queen of dance, Peggy Spencer

Peggy Spencer with Terry Wogan on Come Dancing. Submitted pictures

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

More tributes have been paid to the woman who sparked the nation's love affair with ballroom dancing - the queen of Come Dancing, Peggy Spencer.

Mrs Spencer, who moved to King's Lynn in her later years, became deputy mayoress of the borough, and still taught dancing at Gaywood Community Centre until a few years ago. With her husband, Frank, she was made an MBE for her devotion to the dancing world.

John Doughty, from Ashwellthorpe, met his wife Gwen at the couple's ballroom dance classes in Penge in London in the 1950s. He said: 'If you were good enough you were invited to join the formation team. It was a good place to meet and have a nice evening with friends.'

Christine Williams, from Metfield, said: 'Peggy was a lady. As an 11-14 year old I used to go to Peggy's dance hall in Penge. She was so encouraging to everybody, and I used to be in awe of her tall, elegant posture. She instilled in me an abiding love of dance.'

Beverley McAffer, from Biggin Hill in Kent, said: 'She was truly inspirational to me. She was always fun to be with, and a kind and gentle person with an iron fist in a velvet glove.'

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Sue Nicol was secretary to the couple 45 years ago in Penge, and said: 'Peggy was the most lovely person. I called her my second mum.'

Christopher Keable, from Diss, remembers seeing her at a dance at or near the Festival Hall in London in 1994, while Cherry Green, from Aylsham, remembers performing 'My Old Dutch' as a 12-year-old in the 1950s. She said: 'I was in front at the dress rehearsal and Peggy Spencer called out 'That one at the front - go to the back'.'

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Peggy died, aged 95, with her daughter Helena Anderson beside her, while listening to Ross Mitchell's waltzes, on Wednesday, May 25, at Millbridge nursing home in Heacham, where she spent the last five days of her life.

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