Tributes to Preston’s king of dance

Wonderful man: Nick Atack with his wife Carol

Wonderful man: Nick Atack with his wife Carol

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The family of a popular Preston dance teacher have paid tribute to “wonderful” and “flamboyant” man.

Nick Atack, who ran the Dancers dance school in Avenham Street for more than 30 years, passed away on November 18 at the Royal Preston Hospital from cancer.

The 70-year-old, who lived in Pilling with his wife, Carol, who ran the school alongside him, is thought to have taught over half a million light-footed Lancastrians how to dance.

And those wishing to attend his funeral, to be held on December 1, at Preston Minster, have been told to “Strictly dress to impress.”

Carol said: “He loved to dress up - especially in his dinner suit - he was always so flamboyant and over the top.”

Nick’s son, Christian, said: “So many people have been in touch.

“People we haven’t seen for years have been leaving comments on the tribute site with their memories of dad.”

Nick, who was born Stanley William Atack, arrived in Preston from Huddersfield in the 1960s.

He ran Stax and Studio 26 before setting up Dancers which, at its peak, had more than 5,000 members, in 1979,

Carol said: “When Saturday Night Fever was released Nick thought it would be a great idea to offer classes to teach people the dances from the film.

“We thought we might get 30 people there but we ended up teaching until 11pm because so many turned up.

“Whatever trend came along he always had to be the first one do it.”

Nick is survived by sons Garry, Christian and Wesley, daughters-in-law Helen and Clare and his seven grandchildren.

His funeral will be held at the Minster at 11.15am followed by a service at Preston Crematorium and a wake at Preston Grasshoppers.

Donations welcome to Cancer Research UK.