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Gallery: Old photo of dancing girl Joanne Bolton brought back memories for family of the World Champion who started her career in Ipswich

PUBLISHED: 12:00 16 May 2014

Andy Abbott Column April 9th 2014

This picture was captioned - Waltz champion Joanne Bolton from Nedging Tye looking for a dance partner

Andy Abbott Column April 9th 2014 This picture was captioned - Waltz champion Joanne Bolton from Nedging Tye looking for a dance partner

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The faces of thousands of people have been captured in print in this newspaper over the years, but where has life taken them?

 STAR NEWS     LISA WOOLLARD

Joanne Bolton and Timothy Howson at the International Open Professional Standard Championship.

Ballroom Dancing 

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STAR NEWS LISA WOOLLARD Joanne Bolton and Timothy Howson at the International Open Professional Standard Championship. Ballroom Dancing PICTURE CONTRIBUTED

This was the question photographer Andy Abbott pondered when he came across his black and white photograph, which featured in the EADT in 1979, of six-year-old Joanne Bolton, from Nedging Tye, who was looking for a dance partner.

After Mr Abbott recently included the image in his West Suffolk Photo Album feature, Joanne’s father Neville Bolton, 67, got in contact to say not only had she found a partner, she had gone on to become a world champion in ballroom dancing.

Joanne, who is now Bolton-Hawkins, has had a glittering career as a professional dancer, and even made a guest appearance on BBC One’s Strictly Come Dancing show in 2007.

She married Christopher Hawkins – also a world champion dancer – in 2011 and the couple now coach the world’s top amateur and professional dancers at home and abroad.

Mr Bolton said the family realised fairly early on Joanne had a talent.

“You can teach people to dance, but she had something else, something you cannot teach. That spark was there for whatever reason,” he said.

At the age of four she started going to dance classes run by Tom and Pat Lait from Ipswich.

Mr Bolton said Joanne, whose long-standing dance partner was Timothy Howson, started winning competitions locally, nationally and then internationally.

Joanne, who turned professional in 1995, won the British Open Professional Championship in 2005, which Mr Bolton said was the “biggest prize of all”.

Joanne and her husband live in Surrey and have a daughter called Amelia.

A man in his 30s has been arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving in connection with a crash between two lorries and a car today.

The mother of a 21-year-old killed in a crash at the same spot which claimed the life of a teenage girl this month has called for a lower speed limit on the road.

There is further evidence that drivers in Suffolk are taking more notice of the region’s speed limits after figures showed that the number caught on the A12 has fallen by near two thirds over the last year.

The sacking of Essex’s chief fire officer has been branded unfair and unjust by union leaders.

As Ipswich Town take to the field against Sheffield Wednesday tomorrow afternoon, one diehard Owls fan will be hoping the team he has followed since the 1920s can return to South Yorkshire with an away win.

Concerns that paint factory jobs are at risk at two of Stowmarket’s largest employers have been raised, as one of the businesses looks at buying out the other.

A 52-year-old man from Ipswich has admitted to possessing a knife at Crown Pools last month.

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