Tributes for Wendy, who lived to dance
TRIBUTES have poured in for the woman who started Marshside School of Dance in Southport.
Wendy Hargreaves, 72, died last week, less than a year after finding out she had lung cancer.
Her daughter, Kaz, said that she was strong right up until the end.
She leaves a lasting legacy, having opened the Marshside School of Dance about 35 years ago with her husband, Ron. At one point the school had nearly 200 pupils.
Under Wendy’s watch, the school was also awarded Medallist School of the Year four years on the run.
Kaz has run the school since her mum retired last September.
She said: “She dedicated everything to the dance school. She just really had a passion for it. I remember posting leaflets in doors with mum as a child.
“Every spare moment went into her dancing and helping pupils inside and outside of their dancing. Children would regularly come to the house when they needed advice.
“There’s been an outpouring for her, lots of people who used to go the school have been in touch.
“She was the strongest, most passionate, person I have ever met.
“She was always right and always did it her way which now I see, I wish I could be more like this.
“I could never be prouder of the respect, love and endless friendships that she made.
“She is my inspiration in so many ways.”
Despite only starting to dance when she was about 18, Wendy went on to be member of British Council’s dance board. She judged Latin and ballroom dancing as an examiner too.
Wendy was orginally from West Derby in Liverpool and an avid Liverpool Football Club supporter – so much so that her family have had a red coffin specially made. She also requested bright colours at her funeral.
The funeral will take place at 11am on Friday, September 15 at Southport’s Emmanuel Church.
Wendy in action on the ballroom floor
Wendy Hargreaves was inspirational