Lonely majorette needs a troupe

A WANNABE majorette is desperate to twirl her way to success but is stuck as the one and only member of her troupe.The ten-year-old is today begging any fellow majorettes-in-the-making to put their best foot forward and help make her baton-twirling dreams a reality.

A WANNABE majorette is desperate to twirl her way to success but is stuck as the one and only member of her troupe.

The ten-year-old is today begging any fellow majorettes-in-the-making to put their best foot forward and help make her baton-twirling dreams a reality.

Whitton Community Primary School pupil Kanisha Williams is a member of fledgling majorette troupe Star Twirlers.

Kanisha, of Shakespeare Road, Ipswich, said: “I really want new people to join. It's not boring and you don't get told off or anything. My favourite bit is the dancing. It's really good - and in the breaks you get to try out the batons.”

Mum Mandy Miller, 36, added: “It's a lot of fun, they keep active and they get to make friends. She loves it and tries to get people to join nearly every day.”

The currently down-on-its-luck Star Twirlers, which is for boys and girls aged five upwards, was started in the autumn by Ron Dayson and his daughter Shelly.

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The troupe built up a few members but, by a couple of months ago, the others had decided to leave.

Star Twirlers had its last meeting at the Thomas Eldred pub in Cedarcroft Road, Ipswich, at the beginning of December.

Trainer Miss Dayson, 26, who has been involved in majorettes since she was 11, said: “You can't really train with one girl. I feel a bit sad about it because I like training them. When you see them get it right, it gives you something back.

“We want to get more girls so we can do displays and hopefully get a sponsor so we can get uniforms.

“A primary school has asked us to do a display in July. At first we said yes, but we may have to pull out if we can't have enough. We don't want to do that - it doesn't make us look good.”

Miss Dayson and her dad, both of Spenser Road, Ipswich, had previously run a 15-strong troupe, the Lightning Twirlers.

Do you want to join Star Twirlers? Phone Ron or Shelly Dayson on 01473 436297.

Do you have any words of encouragement for Kanisha? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or send us an e-mail to eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

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