Re: Jack McGregor and Bemil Posted by OZ.. 9/2/2012 6:45:00 PM
I first had lessons with Bemil and Jack soon after they turned professional and were teaching at the Majestic Ballroom in Wembley, which was above the Majestic Movie Theatre in North London. It had, and is probably still there, a Canadian Maple sprung floor. Easily the best I have ever danced on.The last time I was in Wembley it was being used as a store room for clothing.Coincidently the father of the great Victor Silvester was the Bishop of Wembley.The son Victor Silvester probably did more for Ballroom Dancing than any other. He was the first President of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing ( ISTS). And later formed the only strict tempo orchestra of that time. His recordings sold millions each year. Back to Bemil. There she was, The winner of the Festival of Britain Beauty Queen teaching me how to perform the Spanish Drag in the Tango. I`ll never forget that little episode . Jack liked his little drink of Scotch. Years later we met up with each other. The four of us was on our way to a Drive In. We didn`t go any further than a Pub which was part way to to where we were supposed to be going. Those were the days. Anybody who was around at that time will tell you that if Jack and Bemil were demonstrating at the Hammersmith Palais, you could be sure that the place would be packed to the rafters.