’Allo ’Allo! star becomes patron of Lamberhurst dance school
by Andy Tong | 18th April 2019
ONE of the stars of the BBC comedy ’Allo ’Allo! was on stage to congratulate the Lamberhurst School of Theatre Dance after their performance of Alice in Wonderland at the Assembly Hall in Tunbridge Wells.
Sue Hodge, best known as pint-sized waitress Mimi Le Bonq in the legendary TV comedy series about the French Resistance in World War II, was invited to become a patron of the dance school.
’Allo ’Allo!, which is currently being rerun on BBC Two, achieved viewing figures topping 24 million in its 1980s’ heyday, and later became a long-running stage show at the London Palladium.
Sue, who trained as a dancer and theatre performer at Bird College in Sidcup, was delighted to have been asked to support and encourage young talent.
'It brought back many happy memories of my own performing shows while training'
“As someone who trained as a dancer, I know the importance of good teaching,” she said.
“It brought back many happy memories of my own performing shows while training.”
She added: “Many months of hard work by former London Festival Ballet Company [English National Ballet], TV and West End dancer Maggie Mansi, her dancer and performer daughter Katherine, and Kirsty Cooper have gone into making this special production shine.”
The performance featured 150 children aged five to 18 on stage for the family show, which also included an Adult Tappers class.
Lamberhurst School of Theatre Dance offers classes for all ages, from infants to adults, six days a week.
Over the last 12 months, 93 children took examinations for the Royal Academy of Dance Ballet and Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing Modern and Tap, achieving 77 distinctions and 16 merits.