Trib­utes for Wendy, who lived to dance

Southport Visiter - - Visiter Active - BY KERRI FITZ­PATRICK Kerri.Fitz­patrick@trin­i­tymir­ @@Vis­iter

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

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