16:40 Friday 21 February 2014

Mourners gather to say goodbye to Burton's 'Lord of the Dance' Roy Moxon

Written byMATTHEW COBB

A BURTON legend was described as ‘A most unique Lord of the Dance’ as those he taught and worked alongside gathered to remember his life.

Mourners packed into Bretby Crematorium to pay their respects to Roy Moxon who died on January 27.

The celebration of his life focussed on the legacy he laid down as a dance teacher with songs such as Andre Rieu’s ‘Espana Cani’ and ‘Time to Say Goodbye’ by Richard Keeling. Over a hundred people joined in to sing the hymn ‘I Danced in the Morning’ before the service ended with Bill Haley’s 1950’s rock and roll classic ‘Rock Around the Clock’.

There were also flowers laid in the blue and white of his beloved Ipswich Town, the club he supported and the place where he was born.

Kevin Page, Chief Executive of the National Association of Teachers of Dancing paid triute to Roy’s life. He said: “Roy made many friends and acquaintances that remain loyal to the National Association of Teachers of Dancing to this very day.”

“He served as our loyal president twice - from 1980 until 1986 and again from 1998 until 2000.”

“When I needed advice I would turn to Roy, who was always prepared to help.”

“I will always remember the friendly smile that greeted me when I visited him.”

He also told mourners how Roy, who was described as always having a great sense of humour, often mimicked the routine of a famous comedy duo. He often walked onto the floor during dance competitions and asked the audience ‘What do you think of it so far?’ to which they would jokingly reply ‘Rubbish!’

He said: “Roy was certainly not Morecambe, but he was definitely Wise.”

Roy and his wife Dorothy, who died in 2012, founded the Roy and Dorothy Moxon School of Dance in William Street in September 1979. They had previously taken over the Millicent Simmonds School of Dance in Uxbridge Street, where they had first met and trained.

Although they never had children of their own, Reverend Nicky Grey described how they dedicated much of their time to their nephews, nieces and godchildren as well as their love of dancing.

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