Beryl Whittaker opened the Whittaker Dance and Drama Centre on February 11th 1952.
The first classes were taken in a upstairs room in the Methodist schoolrooms on Coronation Street.
She was trained at Blackpool's Theatre Arts and, later, performed at the Tower Circus many northern theatres, as well as appearing in the Royal Command performance of 1948 at the London palladium.
She was a leading dancer in the Tower Ballet.
Beryl married Jack Ganley, a school teacher, specialising in drama, in 1959. They had three children: Sheila, Jacqui and Sean.
Beryl was an ardent, vital, inspirational, impaired with an infectious sense of humour sense of humour and a passion for adventure.
We salute her genius. It will pervade every corner of this new reception, indeed the whole of the centre - for many decades to come.
BERYL JOHNSON WHITTAKER
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