Theatre named after dance teacher Sally

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A POPULAR Leigh woman, who died at the age of 43, has a lasting legacy at Wigan and Leigh college.

Dance tutor, Sally Ann Saidy, died last December after being diagnosed with a brain tumour.

She had already come through a battle with breast cancer.

Mother-of-two, Sally, made a lasting impact during her career at the college.

And now a theatre, which had previously been unnamed at the Parsons Walk campus, has been named the Saidy Theatre.

Sally’s husband Kevin and the couple’s children Ame, 11, and Mariama, seven, joined staff and students at a naming ceremony on Thursday night.

A eucalyptus tree was also planted in her honour as well as a bench on the college grounds.

Michaela Anders, a close friend and colleague of Sally’s, said: “She was the most wonderful person you could ever wish to meet.

“Talented, friendly and just so much fun, I really do miss her every day.

“The students all absolutely adored her, as we did as staff. She beat breast cancer – her courage was remarkable.

“She just came back to college and carried on inspiring people. The theatre here has been built for two years but has had no name.

“It just felt like the right thing to do to name it after Sally who we all loved so much.”

A raffle was also held on the night as well as a cheque donation to Wigan and Leigh Hospice where Sally spent time during her illness.

Sally’s husband Kevin said: “It’s great what the college have done, Sally really has left her mark.

“She was such a wonderful and talented person. She was a dancing professional before she came teaching.

“She was so popular amongst her students, she was born to do what she was doing.”

Kevin also paid tribute to his young daughters who help keep his wife’s memory alive.

He added: “They are both talented dancers and she was so proud of them.

“They both take their mother’s artistic side in unique ways. While Ame is a keen football player and into her sports, Mariama is into everything pink and thinks of herself as a young Katy Perry!”