They were asked to “dress to impress” and impress they did as hundred turned out to say goodbye to popular dance teacher, Nick Atack.
Mourners lined Avenham Street outside the building that used to house Nick, and his wife Carol’s Dancer’s dance school, many wearing evening wear and trilby hats.
And at Preston Minster it was standing room only as the Vicar of Preston, Father Timothy Lipscomb, led an uplifting service.
Fr Timothy said, Nick, who passed away on November 18 at the Royal Preston Hospital from cancer, would have been “astounded” at the turn out.
He said: “I am sure that Nick would have loved to see the hundreds and hundreds of you all dressed in your best.”
The 70-year-old grandfather of seven, from Pilling is thought to have taught over half a million people from across Lancashire to dance and his fancy footwork was a common theme throughout the cheerful memorial.
The congregation sang the hymn, ‘Lord of The Dance’ while Nick’s coffin entered and left the Minster to the Guild Waltz - a tune he had choreographed his own waltz to to commemorate Preston Guild.
Sons Garry, and Wesley Atack read tributes to their father while his son Christian eulogised on his “advisor, inspiration and dear friend.”
Christian, raising a laugh from the congregation, said: “Everyone can remember Nick’s Noddy van roaming, and often getting stuck on, the streets of Preston.
“But just remember as you leave today that the steps are slow, slow, quick, quick, slow.”
Later reading a number of odes, Father Timothy recited the lyrics from ‘Shall We Dance’ from the King and I before the funeral cortege left to rapturous applause.