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Tribute to Edie Crompton 10 October 2003

Tourism Minister David Cretney has led tributes to the late Edie Crompton who passed away at Noble's Hospital on Tuesday 7th October. She had been married to Harry for 51 years and also leaves a son Peter, daughter in law Maria, grandson Harry aged 15 months and a brother Eddie.

Sadly Edie had been in failing health for some time and had been cared for at home by her loving husband at Cronk-y-Berry.

'She was loved by different generations of pupils to whom she had been Auntie Edie through her well known dancing school, which she ran with the assistance of close friends Sheila Skillicorn and Jane Beattie, herself a former pupil. Many of the youngsters went on to represent the Isle of Man with pride in competitions at venues such as Blackpool and Prestatyn,' said the Minister, 'but her favourite venue was the Villa Marina where both she and Harry worked for over 50 years. I am so sorry that Edie will not be present when we re-open in spring next year, but she will certainly be in our thoughts.'

Former manager of the Villa Marina, Martin Blackburn, said: 'Edie was a true lady who epitomised the character of the Villa Marina.'

Jimmy and Shirley Druggan of the Isle of Man Dance Teachers' Association spoke fondly of Edie remembering her as a first class competitor in the days of the Harold Moorhouse Band at the Palais De Danse and how she went on to chair the Association in 1984, 1989 and 1993. She also taught adults at the Isle of Man College and raised a lot of money for charities Island-wide.

Prior to her marriage, Edie was a Kelly and, sadly, her sister Mary passed away the day before her in the UK. Harry and Edie had lived for over 40 years at 92 Buck's Road before moving to Cronk-y-Berry which was more suitable when her health started to fail.

Manx Radio presenter Bernie Quayle said: 'Edie was one of the loveliest ladies I have known who touched the hearts of thousands starting to learn to dance the old fashioned way, or who were honing their skills as they tripped the light fantastic.'

A number of Edie's former pupils and others joined together under her supervision to participate in adult team fun competitions in Blackpool with success in recent years and she will be sadly missed by all.

Her funeral service will take place at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Hill Street, Douglas at 12.00 p.m. on Thursday 16th October 2003.

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