Len Ebbage funeral
The crematorium had a New Orleans feel on April 6th 2004 as members of Len's band played Dixie style as his coffin entered.
A congregation that overflowed the chapel then joined together to sing the very apt "Lord of the Dance" and to hear memories of Len from band members and two of his children. Len's own music was also heard when his recording of "The Stars Will Remember" was played to allow everyone a moment of quiet reflection.
Music was Len's life, and it was right that it should continue into the afternoon when the mourners regrouped in Steeple Bumpstead and several musician friends joined in a spontaneous jam session to play a seamless medley of tunes familiar to anyone who had ever danced to Len's music.
Details of Len's long musical career can be found on this page created in Len's memory by his son Colin.
After using this site to find a tea dance to cover on
his radio programme, Alan Bramwell kindly nominated us for the Radio
Suffolk "Web site of the day" slot on 19th Feb 2003, so I
was invited to join Sally Goodwin on the phone for a chat. Click to
hear the interview on BBC Radio Suffolk,
courtesy of BBC Suffolk online www.bbc.co.uk/suffolk.
Here's my reports of the October 2000 and
November 2001 Scarborough dance festivals.
The Woodbridge Tuesday afternoon tea dances featured
in the local paper, having raised £1800 pounds for charity.
Pictures of David Last's wedding to Alison Finbow are here.
Obituary of Olga Wilmot, founder and Principal
of Ipswich School of Dancing, who died in Ipswich hospital on 11/1/2000