Baton twirling success for teenager

IT was batons at dawn when Kimberly Smith beat off stiff competition to win the title of Miss Deputy UK at the Federation of Majorettes awards.The 18-year-old said she was over the moon when she took the award which was a first for her and her troupe.

IT was batons at dawn when Kimberly Smith beat off stiff competition to win the title of Miss Deputy UK at the Federation of Majorettes awards.

The 18-year-old said she was over the moon when she took the award which was a first for her and her troupe.

"Every troupe chooses a representative and you have to go in front of the judges and convince them that you are perfect for the title.

"You have to answer lots of questions and it is just like a job interview. There was 63 of us in total and it was a dream come true for me."

Miss Smith, of Heatherhayes, Ipswich, is studying media production at Suffolk College and said most of her spare time was taken up with majorettes.

"I have little time to do anything else and this really is my first love," she said.

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"I have been going to majorettes in Ipswich for nine years and this is a really high accolade.

"My troupe in Ipswich has been running for 17 years and no one has ever won this. It is a great way to promote the troupe," she added.