Community minded woman who lived majority of life in Newark remembered after death, aged 90
A former professional dancer and active member of Newark’s community has died, aged 90.
Eileen Corway, born Eileen Garbutt on March 17, 1932, to George and Dorothy Garbutt, in Northumberland, lived most of her life in Newark.
Her son, George Corway, remembers her as a lady who always went out of her way to help others.
He said: “Even when she was ill she would always put others first. She will be missed by so many people as she touched so many peoples lives in many ways.”
Born to a family of performers — her mother having been a dancer and her father working in the circus with the famed Billy Smart — Eileen joined The Winstanley Babes, a UK dance troupe, after finishing school.
She performed tap, ballet, chorus line and ice dancing.
She enjoyed a life on stage, performing shows across the country — including on one occasion being offered a lead role in London requiring her to dance nude behind feathered fans, which she luckily declined as her father had chosen that night to make a surprise visit to watch her dance.
After her marriage to Fredrick Corway in a snowy January 1953, Eileen left the troupe and settled in Newark, where she frequently hosted her much younger sister, Ann, for summer holidays.
The Garbutt family was well known, and the wedding attracted 150 guests to the church in Ashington, Northumberland.
Her husband, Fred, was also a well-versed performer — a singer and involved in the circus — having met Eileen at a show.
The pair welcomed three children, with Eileen staying at home to raise them while Fred worked at Warwick and Richardson Brewery, Northgate.
When the children where older Eileen went back to work, in the kitchens at Bowbridge Junior School, Bailey Road, and at Days Bakery, Chain Lane.
Frederick died in Dec-ember 1984, while working as a foreman at the brewery.
Eileen became more involved in the community, arranging coach tours, bingo nights and afternoon tea.
She was a keen bowler, playing indoor mat bowls regularly, and also continued her passion for dancing, attending sessions with a friend.
She died on July 23 at Red Rose Nursing Home.
She leaves her children, Susan, George and Theresa, grandchildren Mark, Tanya, Sandra and Thomas, and great-grandchildren Kurt, Jake, Elly, Emma and Jona.