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Private funeral for former Strictly Come Dancing star Robin Windsor to be held in Ipswich

Robin Windsor (PA Archive)
Robin Windsor (PA Archive)

A private funeral for former Strictly Come Dancing professional Robin Windsor will be held in his home town of Ipswich, Suffolk, his family have announced.

The 44-year-old dancer, who was paired with various celebrities from 2010 to 2013 on the main show – including Dragons’ Den star Deborah Meaden – will be laid to rest on Tuesday.

A family statement said: “The funeral will be a private service for invited family, friends and colleagues who were important to Robin in both his personal life and professional career.

“In the meantime we once again thank everyone for the love and the memories shared of Robin.

“As a family we also please ask for there to be no further upsetting speculation. We thank you for respecting our continued privacy at this difficult time.”

Windsor’s death was announced in February, prompting an outpouring of tributes from the Strictly Come Dancing team, who said they were “deeply saddened” by the loss of their “dear friend”.

Strictly Come Dancing judge Craig Revel Horwood paid tribtues to Windsor as “one of the kindest, gentle, honest, funny and caring people I’ve had the pleasure of knowing and working with”.

“He will be forever missed,” he added.

 (PA Media)
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Windsor also danced with model Patsy Kensit, actresses Anita Dobson and Lisa Riley on the BBC One series.

In a tribute posted last month, Riley wrote: “My Bestie, My Robin, My Angel…….now our forever Angel, who is loved, will always be loved, forever in my heart……my very broken heart, I love you, shine your beautiful, electric energy from heaven. SHINE IN PEACE.”

For the Strictly Christmas specials, Windsor was partnered with The Great British Bake Off host Alison Hammond in 2015, and BBC Radio 2 presenter Sara Cox.

Susanna Reid took part in 2011’s Children In Need special with the Latin and ballroom dancer.

According to his website, Windsor began dancing at the age of three when his parents enrolled him in classes in Ipswich and he went on to represent England in numerous championships at home and abroad.

Windsor also appeared in the stage shows Come What May, a tribute to Moulin Rouge, and Burn The Floor.