Tributes to Kathleen – lady of the dance

Tap dancer Kathleen Sandie.
Tap dancer Kathleen Sandie.

DANCING was Kathleen Sandie’s passion.

She was 11 and growing up in Bailiff Bridge when she discovered her love of dancing and she went on to enjoy every minute on stage or stepping out on the floor.

Kathleen, who died at the age of 84 on November 14, attended a regular tap class with the renowned Janet Austin Tappers of Waring Green. She also taught two tap and keep fit classes every week at Brighouse Third Age and in Southowram.

Kathleen was the middle of three girls and lived all her life in the Lightcliffe and Bailiff Bridge area.

She used to take part in the annual tapathon at North Bridge Leisure Centre organised by Calderdale Support Group of the Roy Castle Foundation which raises money for lung cancer research.

She was involved with both Brighouse Light Opera and Brighouse Amateur, Operatic and Dramatic Societies, from 1947 until 1951 appearing in many productions such as Dick Whittingham and Virginia.

Kathleen, who had lived at Sandholme Fold, Hipperholme, for the past two years, put her dancing on hold for a time - but not for long, while she brought up her three sons, Robert, Stephen and Peter, with husband Herbert, who she met while working at Firths Carpets in Bailiff Bridge.

Her youngest son, Peter, said she always made friends very easily. “She was very caring, friendly and kind hearted. A lot of people will remember her because she could talk for England. She would talk to anyone who would listen and even if they wouldn’t listen she would still talk to them,” he said.

Janet Austin said Kathleen had been attending her classes for more than 15 years. “She was such a character and knew everything about everybody. She was very good at retaining information. She will be greatly missed. She was lovely and we did her favourite dance in her memory at the class.”

Chairwoman of Brighouse Third Age, Katharine Walsh, said she was very well liked within the group. and very willing to help when she could. She was a very lively person.”

The funeral was held last Friday and donations will be given to Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation. She leaves her three sons and five grandchildren.