LETTER: Fond memories

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I remember the Pearl Hood and Stanley Wood School of Dancing, and how lovely it was to reminisce when reading the article (Looking Back, July 30).

I attended the school from 1957 to about 1965/66, taking ballet exams and being part of the annual shows put on by the school.

Held at the Worthing Pavilion the show was in two acts, the first being of all the school performing either individually, as duets or as a group.

Every one of the students was given the opportunity to take part.

The second act was a pantomime when both adults and pupils took to the stage.

My earliest recollection is nervously standing in the wings ready to perform my first solo of Autumn Leaves.

I had butterflies in my stomach but,once on stage, I cherished every moment and gave me the confidence I needed.

My father (Jack Wiles) also took part in the pantomime during the early 1960s and it was great fun having him with me – and thankfully he made all of my costumes too.

Such fond memories, especially as I still love dancing and music!

Lynn Stevenson (née Wiles)

Highdown Way

Ferring

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