TRIB­UTES TO A DOG LOVER AND FOR­MER DANCER

Widow had been mar­ried to Carry On mu­sic con­duc­tor Eric Rogers

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - by Tom Her­bert tom.her­bert@trin­i­tymir­ror.com Twit­ter: @TRHer­bert

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

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