14:22 Friday 07 February 2014

Pair vow to keep dance school open following the death of its founder

Written byMATTHEW COBB

A POPULAR Burton dance school will continue to run despite the death of its founder.

The Roy and Dorothy Moxon School of Dance on William Street will continue to open its doors to dancers of all ages after Roy’s death on January 27.

Jenny Rickards and Jean Pettitt have vowed to continue running classes every night of the week as they say it is what Roy would have wanted.

When his wife Dorothy died in 2012, Roy made the decision to run a dance class that same evening and now the pair are doing the same to continue the legacy he laid down.

Jenny said: “When Dorothy died it was a Saturday and I asked him if we should close and he said ‘No, let’s carry on as normal.’ His mind was set on dancing. He just lived for it.”

“The only night we’ll be shut is the night of his funeral. He was originally from Ipswich and he was a big Ipswich Town fan so we’ll be decorating this place out in blue and white for him.”

The school officially opened at its current site on September 26 1979. Roy and Dorothy had previously taken over a studio on Uxbridge Street from Millicent Simmonds when she retired and relocated to Whitby.

Jenny said that Roy originally decided against buying a plot of land on William Street to build the school, but changed his mind when a chapel that used to stand on the corner was demolished. He also built the existing surroundings himself.

Jenny told the Mail: “Roy built the wall outside. He made all the bricks for it himself. He was a handyman and could turn his hand to anything.”

She also said how Roy always looked after those close to him.

She said: “He would do anything for anyone. There wasn’t a time he wouldn’t offer a helping hand.

“He wouldn’t see anyone come unstuck.”

Roy Moxon’s funeral is being held at 12.45pm at Bretby Crematorium on Friday, February 21 and is open to the public.

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