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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.

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