Peggy at her 95th birthday celebrations with daughter Helena Anderson. Pictures: Supplied.

Tribute has been paid to top-class dancer Peggy Spencer who died on Wednesday, aged 95.

Mrs Spencer had a glittering career which spanned decades and included many performances with an array of stars of stage and screen.

The award-winning performer and her husband Frank, who was also her dance partner, received MBEs from the Queen in 1976 for their services to the dancing world.

Mrs Spencer, who lived in King’s Lynn, also received nine Carl Alan awards, the dance world’s equivalent to the Oscars.

Her daughter, Lynn artist Helena Anderson, said her mum was best known as a dancing teacher and choreographer. She was also the instigator of the original Come Dancing show with Eric Morley.

Mrs Spencer appeared with her formation teams for almost 50 years. She also performed on the children’s show Blue Peter and television programmes including The Generation Game. Mrs Spencer was the subject of  the This is Your Life tribute television show in the 1990s.

On retiring to Lynn in the late 1990s, Mrs Spencer also served as the borough’s deputy mayoress. She was also president of the town’s Osteoporosis Society and patron of Dragonfly Gallery in Watton through her daughter’s interest in art.

Mrs Spencer regularly taught dancing in West Norfolk until the age of 92.

Mrs Anderson said her mother’s great passion wasn’t teaching world champions or royalty to dance but was with the absolute beginners who came to her studio.

“These were the people who gave her the most joy with their achievements She was a very caring grandmother and great-grandmother and loved to take an interest in all the children,” said Mrs Anderson.