A 92-year-old Scottish dancer was honoured for his tireless dedication

Published: 10 Jun 2014 17:001 comment

A 92-year-old dancer who choreographed moves for classic films received a surprise award for his dedication to the art.

Bill Forbes at his presentation in St Sebastians Memorial Hall with dance students.

Bill Forbes at his presentation in St Sebastians Memorial Hall with dance students.

Pensioner Bill Forbes was honoured by fellow dancers in recognition of his passion for traditional Scottish dancing,

Originally from a farm in Scotland, Mr Forbes moved to Basemoors, Bracknell in 1958, and co-founded Bracknell Reel Club – a Scottish dance club – in 1959.

He received the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society award for services to Scottish Country Dancing, on Thursday, May 29, at St Sebastians Memorial Hall, Nine Mile Ride.

The surprise presentation was made to Mr Forbes – who choreographed the Scottish dancing in 1994 smash hit Four Weddings and a Funeral – by the St John’s Scottish Country Dance Club (SCDC).

John Fletcher, chairman of St. John’s SCDC, said: “Bill was completely surprised and somewhat overwhelmed, he was really, really happy to receive it, and quite moved that we would do that for him. He really deserves it, and even at his age he is still able to do all the dances!

Mr Forbes said: “I was taken completely by surprise.

“I’m so proud to receive this, I’m absolutely delighted so get the award after so long.”

Mr Forbes, who has since moved to Tilehurst, still teaches.

For more information, visit www.warmweb.co.uk/stjohnssdc

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  • dancingdrummer1
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    Mar 9, 15:50
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    I was so thrilled to come across this article honouring Bill for his services to SCD ... I can think of no-one who is more deserving of this award than Bill.

    Thanks to his patience and encouragement I re-found the joy of Scottish dancing and am still enjoying it even though I am some 3,000 miles away!

    Last weekend we held our annual Tea Dance and the programme included dances that had a special connection to our dancers. I of course chose "The Ship in Full Sail" and even though it was the "trickiest" dance on the programme it was the only one to get a spontaneous request for an encore! That was a heart warming moment for me and was the nudge that led me to this article!

    Bill, you don't look a day older than when I last saw you 20 years ago; whatever it is you are doing to stay so youthful looking just keep on doing it! I'm looking forward to reading an article that says you are still dancing and teaching at age 100!

    Sending my love to you, Bill, and all my SCD friends in the UK -

    Aye Yours,

    Heather Sykes

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