Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 10°C

min temp: 5°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Sudbury: Majorettes plan to dust off their batons and reunite for town carnival after 30 year break

08:58 13 May 2014

Majorettes from the 1970s and 80s are to reform for the Sudbury Carnival this year.

Majorettes from the 1970s and 80s are to reform for the Sudbury Carnival this year.

More than 60 ex-majorettes are set to take the streets of Sudbury by storm as they twirl their batons and beat their drums for the first time in several decades.

shares
Majorettes with their trophies at Great CornardMajorettes with their trophies at Great Cornard

When Sharron Thomas and Donna Dix – both Sudbury majorettes in the 1970s and 1980s – heard about a bid to revive the town’s carnival this summer after a break of more than 20 years, they were curious about what had happened to fellow majorettes who used to take part in the event alongside a marching band.

So they put out an appeal on Facebook, and within a day, more than 180 people had got in touch, posting pictures and reminiscing about their carnival days.

Out of those, around 60 have signed up to lead the carnival procession on August 24.

Ms Dix said they had been overwhelmed by the response and the fond nostalgia for the majorette groups, which included the Great Cornard and Sudbury Marching Band and Troop, the Suffolk Royals and the Mauve Thorns.

Majorettes from the 1970s and 80s are to reform for the Sudbury Carnival this year. Majorettes from the 1970s and 80s are to reform for the Sudbury Carnival this year.

She said: “Due to the brilliant response, we will be heading up the carnival this year, leading the parade just like we did in the old days.

“The only difference is because many of us are now in our 50s, we are going to lose the short skirts and wear t-shirts instead.

“We are looking for as many people as possible to take part and we are particularly keen to find drummers.”

Ms Dix - who represented Sudbury during the 1980s at a town twinning event in Hoxter, Germany - said anyone who thought majorettes just “wore fancy costumes and twirled batons” was sorely mistaken. The women are taking their carnival duties very seriously, they have formed a committee and are hiring the Stevenson Centre in Great Cornard to put in some regular training.

Ms Dix continued: “We always had to be very disciplined and even had to attend ‘passing out parade’ training at Colchester Barracks.

“We want all over the country to take part in marches – it was hard work but very enjoyable.”

As part of their carnival reunion, the majorettes will be raising money for breast and testicular cancer charities.

Snare drummers interested in joining the parade can call Donna on 07828 218921 to sign up.

If you would like to reunite with members of a childhood club, old school friends or former clubmates, email us details and we will help you find the missing links.


shares

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other East Anglian Daily Times visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by East Anglian Daily Times staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique East Anglian Daily Times account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

A pothole

Potholes which currently have to be repaired in 24 hours could be left unattended for five days under proposals being considered by Suffolk County Council.

Protesters gathered in Fairfield Road in Framlingham to protest about the proposed housing development.

Survey responses from a Suffolk town at the centre of a heated housing campaign have shown support for new homes – of a certain sort.

Police are appealing for witnesses to find the missing man

A man who may have been seriously injured in a road traffic collision has gone missing.

Man in court over alleged fraud after telling couple further work needed doing to the roof of their home

An alleged rogue trader accused of doing work to the roof of a bungalow belonging to a Suffolk couple in their 80s without their agreement has claimed they asked him to do the work.

Teen robbed of phone and bike

Police are appealing for help to find two men who robbed a teenager at knifepoint.

Suffolk Fire and Rescue crews called to fire at Stowmarket home

Police have arrested a man on suspicion of arson and affray after a fire was started at a Suffolk home and officers threatened with a knife.

Trains cancelled due to lack of driver

A number of trains have been cancelled this evening due to an absent driver.

Suspected gas explosion on Federick Road in Gorleston.

 Picture: James Bass

Two people have been taken to hospital following a suspected gas explosion near Lowestoft.

David Murton (L to R) Paul Whiting and Bill Barton in front of the main telescope at the Orwell Astronomical Society. Photograph Simon Parker

Astronomy enthusiasts will be gathering outside Isaacs on March 20 to view the celestial event - and you are invited to join them.

The Ormiston mini marathon at Trinity Park in 2014

This weekend’s Ormiston Families Children’s Marathon has been postponed.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages