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Wall of fame sees new name added

Group of people standing next to a wall with a display of plaques.

A new plaque has been unveiled on Farnham’s Famous Names Wall in South Street in celebration of the achievements of nationally acclaimed dancer Brenda Simner.

Brenda Simner, who has lived her whole life in Farnham, was joined by family members for the unveiling on Tuesday 7 September.

Brenda was nominated for a prestigious plaque following a glittering career as a ballroom dancer. Brenda and her husband and dance partner Sid’s first ballroom competition was at The Borough Hall in Godalming. They went on to represent Surrey at the Royal Albert Hall and danced old time ballroom for the Home County South Team for the television show Come Dancing. Amongst their many achievements, the pair were undefeated champions for three years running at the British Championships during the 1980s. In 1988, they won Le Classique De Danse award for the most outstanding amateur old-time dancing.

After they turned professional, the couple established the Remnis Dance School in Farnham. They hosted weekly and monthly tea dances and classes from 1989 until 2017.

Iain Lynch, Town Clerk at Farnham Town Council said: “The Famous Names wall is dedicated to those who have accomplished great things in Farnham or who have come from Farnham themselves. There are over 20 plaques celebrating the work of musicians to sportspeople and poets to architects. Brenda and her husband Sid are our first dancers.”

After the unveiling, Brenda and her family and friends were invited back to the Council Chamber for afternoon tea and guests got to hear more about the couple’s dancing achievements.

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