It all started back in 1966 when my dad Peter Fraser ran ‘Irish Nights’ at the A.S.L.E.F Club on Stalbridge Road, Crewe. In 1969 the “Irish Nights” moved to a newly built Parish Community Centre in Delamere St and in the same year a Ceili Band was also formed called the ‘Green Velvet Ceili Band’ of which my dad was the vocalist.
In the early 1970’s a group of interested friends suggested organising an Irish Association and so began the ‘Four Provinces Association’. In 1979 enough interest was created to start an Irish Dancing School. Two of the founders of the “Four Provinces”, Mr Joe Doran and Mr Simon Gallagher, approached and hired dance teachers from Manchester. Miss Betty Kelly started an Irish dance school in Crewe known as the ‘Kelly Moore School of Irish Dancing’.
After 7 years with Kelly Moore School the association decided to change teachers and so Mr George Ferguson from Liverpool came to Crewe to continue the classes. We were then known as the ‘Ferguson School of Irish Dancing’ and we enjoyed another 7 years before, unfortunately, classes in Crewe ceased in 1993. At this point I decided to retire and hang up my dance shoes
In 1994 ‘Riverdance’ created a phenomenon which reignited peoples interest in Irish Dancing and I was approached to teach a group of adults who wanted to learn what they had seen on the telly!!! This proved so successful I started my own dance school called ‘Fraser School of Irish Dancing’. I am very proud to continue the legacy of those founding members of the “Four Provinces Association” who started Irish dancing in Crewe. In 2015 FSID celebrated its 21st Birthday.
As a personal tribute to Mr Joe Doran, I have dedicated a trophy I won as a young dancer in his name and now dancers compete for the “Joe Doran Memorial Trophy” at all of our class feis’s.