Tributes have been paid to a beloved Chesham woman who sadly passed away last month.

Rosemary Sarjeant, a familiar figure around the town, died in Wycombe Hospital on October 12 having lived a ‘very full life in the world of music’.

One of Rosemary’s close friends Yvonne Plester paid a touching tribute to Mrs Sarjeant.

Yvonne said: “Rosemary Sarjeant, known to so many as ‘Sarj’ was a very special lady. A lady who prized punctuality and quiet grace, a lady who never aged and was immaculate at all times.

“She first played for then Sargent and Butler School of Dance in the 70s when I was a teenager, and up until 10 years ago she was a large part of the now established Sargent and Plester School of Dance operating out of the White Hill Centre.

“She supported the school and many teachers in the area through teaching exams with her wealth of musical knowledge which has now been lost with digital music.

“There was nothing she could not play, no manuscripts were required as magical music just flowed out of her little fingers.

“She had a wicked sense of humour but was a perfectionist through and through. A cup of tea would be made for you the proper way, always a cup and saucer, always a tray.

“Raincoat in the rain with her headscarf, handbag in hand, fingerless gloves and Thermos flask will be never forgotten in Chesham by so many pupils who have danced their way through well-known dance school. In her later years despite her stroke she never lost the ability to play her beloved piano.

“Only a couple of months ago she treated myself to a quick tap tune which brought a tear to my eye.

“She will never be forgotten in Chesham by the many pupils who have gone through the Sargent and Plester School, the lovely quiet lady who sat in the corner come rain or shine.

“She was their stable friendly face in the corner sitting bolt upright on her piano stool with several telephone books to give her height.

A treasure that cannot be replaced.

“For any of you who never met this special lady with such wealth of music and manners, you missed a treat in life.”