will come flooding back for Euro MP Christine Oddy when she visits the scene of her
childhood ballet lessons next week.
And there will be even more nostalgia for the Oddy family as Christine will be
accompanied by her father Eric who took his first steps in ballroom dancing when he
attended the Pattison school of dancing in the 1930s.
Now the school where countless Coventrians learned the rudiments of waltz, quickstep
and tango, has grown into the Pattison Dancing Academy and College, offering a full range
of academic subjects with dance and theatre just one of a number of extra studies
available to its 140 pupils.
On Monday 26 April Christine and her father will attend morning assembly before touring
the college, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, with Miss Pattison and her
daughter Elizabeth McConnell who is Joint Principal.
"Betty Pattison or Miss Pat as she is known to everyone - is a Coventry legend and
was part of my childhood and thousands of other people in this city. It is really pleasing
that her work is still going strong through both the school and its high academic
standards, and the 700 pupils who attend Pattison Theatre Arts for dance and drama lessons