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Betty Smith: PE teacher with a huge passion for dancing

The death of Betty Smith, PE teacher

Betty Smith attended Bloomfield Collegiate from 1945-1950 and went on to train as a PE teacher at Anstey College in Birmingham. After qualifying she was appointed head of the PE department at Princess Gardens School.

She was well-known in Scottish country dancing circles.

As a member of the Belfast branch of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society she acted as secretary and then chairman.

She started her own class in Comber in 1979.

Betty was also the Northern Ireland representative of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society.

During her time with the society, she organised several trips to the USA including to Washington DC, Blue Ridge Parkway, Charleston and Florida.

Betty danced with many of the American groups in the places she visited and on one occasion performed at Epcot in Disney World, Orlando.

Quilting was another passion of Betty's, once having one of her quilts on display in Libertys of London.

Betty is survived by her husband Eric, daughter Carolyn and son-in-law Adrian, son Alistair and daughter-in-law Shiela, two grand-daughters Stephanie and Rachel, as well as a sister and niece in Florida and a niece in Maryland.

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