Anne Younger dance studio opens

Dancers using the newly refurbished hall
Dancers using the newly refurbished hall

A new dance and performing studio at Peebles’ Eastgate Theatre was opened last Saturday in memory of one its founding patrons, the late Anne Younger.

Anne, who died in 2012, “played a huge part in bringing the theatre into being,” writes the Eastgate’s Liz Taylor, “and was unstinting in her drive to see it become the arts hub that it is today, on its 10th anniversary. Anne loved to see young people express themselves creatively and took real joy from her role in making a permanent place in Peebles dedicated to arts in all its forms. “

She once said: ‘This is what we did it for, not for ourselves, but for the community.’”

Unveiling the inscriptions, her husband Sir David remembered: “Anne said many times, ‘A community without culture is a community which has lost its direction’.”

Caroline Adam, general manager, added: “Anne Younger had the imagination to dream what the Eastgate could become and she had the energy and ability to help make that happen.”