Community says farewell to line dancer

Clive Drew was a popular line dancer and died at the Horton General Hospital in Banbury on January 28. He was 75. NNL-150902-112230001
Clive Drew was a popular line dancer and died at the Horton General Hospital in Banbury on January 28. He was 75. NNL-150902-112230001

Line dancing was a passion for a popular dance teacher who has died at the age of 75.

Clive Drew, of Chipping Warden, had run the Double D Line Dance Club for 18 years and held classes in Woodford Halse, Chipping Warden and Boddington.

He and his wife Anne organised regular socials and ran dance trips away and charity workshops.

These workshops raised money for several local charities including Katharine House Hospice and the Air Ambulance Trust.

The club recently passed on to their daughter, Alison Clement-Drew, after the couple became ill and had to stop dancing.

Mr Drew had also worked for Refuge Assurance for 34 years, joining the firm in 1963 collecting insurance door-to-door around Banbury and nearby villages. He became one of the company’s top selling agents.

He retired in 1997, but kept in touch with many of his customers on retirement.

Mr Drew moved to Banbury as a baby in 1939. His father came to Banbury from south Wales to work on the railways during the war.

He attended St Leonard’s School and Banbury Grammar School and worked in Banbury Library for a time.

He also did National 
Service and was lead guitarist and singer/songwriter for The Siftas. The band released an EP and one of the tracks was used as the closing tune to the weekly patient request programme on Radio Horton. His daughter, Lorraine, has paid tribute.

She said: “Dad was such a loving, fun person, with a wide range of interests and hobbies and his death has touched many people.

“We are all struggling to come to terms with his loss.

“The last couple of years had been hard for him, as he had been suffering from the after-effects of a stroke, and was also looking after mum, who is seriously ill with cancer.”

He was taken ill suddenly and died of a heart attack in Horton Hospital.

Mr Drew leaves wife Anne, daughters Lorraine and Alison and five grandsons. His funeral will be held at Banbury Crematorium on Monday, February 16, at 1pm.

Donations in Mr Drew’s memory are to be sent Radio Horton.