Tributes paid to dance festival stalwart Anthony Crowshaw
TRIBUTES have been paid to the man who captured 27 happy years of dancing in Grimsby and Cleethorpes.
The family of Anthony Crowshaw, also known as Vinny, have pledged to carry on filming the annual Grimsby and Cleethorpes Dance Festivals in his memory.
His family say he loved capturing the starlets on stage and watching them grow at each festival, which were held every year at Cleethorpes Memorial Hall, Grimsby Road, and organised by Dave and Becky Burns of Dance Magic.
Vinny, 62, died of a brain tumour just seven months after being diagnosed.
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In the months before his death, he made a list of things he wanted to do before the tumour took his life, including a trip to Rome, which he went on with his wife of 15 years, Irene.
"He had his little tick list and he managed to do most of it," said Irene.
"The only thing he didn't manage to do was a balloon ride and a trip to Disneyland, which we had booked so he could take his grandchildren.
"One thing he really wanted to do was to visit The Vatican in Rome, which we did.
"It wasn't his first time, but I think he wanted to go there again as he was a religious man and thought it might give him extra strength to deal with what he was going through.
"He was so strong and positive throughout his illness."
Sadly, Irene was forced to cut the holiday short by a week because Vinny was too ill to continue. They flew home from Pisa and he died the following Sunday.
Vinny spent almost 30 years filming the festivals, which saw hundreds of children from across the borough spring onto the stage to a proud audience of parents.
Irene said: "He loved filming and going to the dance festivals and school shows and people loved his work.
"I think everyone looked up to him because he always did a really good job. He gave all the children and parents a lot of happy memories."
Vinny is also survived by his children, Paul and Suzanne and step-children, Dean Cullen and Simone along with his four grandchildren.
Now Paul and Irene will continue the family business, Premiere Video, and will film the festival which takes place this October.
Irene added: "His memory will live on and we will do our best to continue the good work which he has always been known for. It is what he wanted."
More local tributes
To read more tributes online, visit www.thisisannouncements.co.uk. Family announcements can also be read from page 25 of today's paper.