A West End star joined other performers to surprise their dance teacher and mark 50 years of the Stagecraft School of Dance.
Elaine Masson, founder of the dance school, was completely unaware former students were travelling from Edinburgh and Glasgow to surprise her with flowers, a plaque and a certificate.
Elaine said the unexpected gathering was an “overwhelmingly lovely surprise, and seeing so many old friends brought back many happy memories”.
Elaine started her professional career aged just 12, performing in her home town of Blackpool. She later arrived in Arbroath as part of the travelling show, The Follies, who were to perform in the town’s Webster Theatre.
She said: “I just fell in love with Arbroath and Scotland and didn’t want to go home.” Elaine also fell in love with local man Steven Masson, and the pair married in 1956, setting up home in the town.
She is especially proud of one of her formers pupils, Arbroath-born Norman Bowman, who took time out of his busy performing schedule to attend the presentation.
Since leaving Arbroath, Norman’s career has seen him perform alongside Patrick Swayze, Ewan McGregor, Jude Law, Sir Derek Jacobi and Sir Kenneth Branagh.
The school is now run by Elaine’s daughter Jane Barraclough, with classes taking place twice a week at Lodge 299 in Hill Street, Arbroath.