Silver anniversary for Blue Gems

A MAJORETTES group has celebrated its 25th anniversary.

Tuesday, 24th July 2012, 7:00 am

Blue Gems Majorettes were formed in Heckmondwike in 1987 by leader Rebecca Brown, who still runs it today.

Now Rebecca is joined by her daughter Louise Brown, daughter-in-law Joanne Brown and granddaughter Beth Brown, while her other granddaughter Mia Brown is a performer and pom mascot.

Beth said: “The troupe takes part in competitions as part of the Yorkshire Carnival Association. They have competed all over the country and in 1999 they took part in the European Majorette Association in Croatia.

“The aim of the troupe is to make it like a second home for all the girls that pass through our doors. When the troupe was formed we started out with just 12 girls and now we have 60 to 65, some of whom have been with us for over 20 years and are still dancing in the senior section, and have their own children in the babies and dinkie section.

“One member, Emma Walker, is celebrating being in the troupe for 25 years and still dances with us as our senior freestyle, with her own daughter in the troupe too.

“I have been brought up with majorettes, from taking part in competitions from the age of two to now being a trainer. I have been doing majorettes for 14 years and I have never looked back. I hope I can take the troupe to the next 25 years as successfully as the past 25 years have been.”

The troupe held a fundraising event in celebration of its milestone. The group raised £1,600, with half the money going to a family member with cancer.

And Heckmondwike Turbo Centre sponsored a commemorative training top for the group.

Beth added: “We are very proud of our troupe and our achievements, and we look forward to the next 25 years.”