TRIBUTES TO A DOG LOVER AND FORMER DANCER
Widow had been married to Carry On music conductor Eric Rogers
TRIBUTES have been paid to the widow of the late Eric Rogers, who died aged 86 on November 16.
Betty Rogers, who had lived at the same address on Woodside Hill, in Chalfont St Peter, for 50 years, found fame as a member of the famous Bluebell Girls dance troupe.
She toured all over Europe with her troupe of dancers and also performed at the London Palladium and in many West End Shows in the 1940s and 1950s, such as Oklahoma.
Mrs Rogers had been a widow for just over 30 years, her husband having died in 1981. They both moved to the village when they got married.
He had become known for his work conducting film and television scores for the Carry On series of films and Pink Panther.
Local character Mr Rogers, who was a decorated World War Two Spitfire pilot, also conducted orchestras at the Royal Variety Shows at the Palladium
Family friend Peter Trevayne said he had known the pair for about 30 years, when he went to buy a car from Mr Rogers. Their friendship just continued from there. He said: “It’s a great miss for me.”
Mr Trevayne said that in recent years the couple became known more for their love of Samoyed dogs, a Serbian white herding dog breed.
“Their favourite hobby was Samoyed dogs,” he said. “They had two beautiful white dogs. They used to walked them round the village,” he said.
He added: “Betty had been walking the dogs through the local woods for 20 to 30 years.
"She would walk five or six miles a day with the dogs.”
The cremation will be at 2pm today (Thursday) at Chilterns Crematorium, Amersham.
‘Greatly missed’: Betty Rogers as a Bluebell girl, who died recently aged 86