Baton twirl call takes off

SUCCESS: Sharron Thomas and Donna Dix look at some old pictures.
SUCCESS: Sharron Thomas and Donna Dix look at some old pictures.

A nostalgic blast from the past has got scores of ex-majorettes dusting off their batons and excitedly looking forward to Sudbury carnival.

Sharron Thomas and Donna Dix, both Sudbury majorettes in the 1970s and 1980s, have had an “amazing” response from their appeal on the social networking website Facebook to reunite ex-majorettes with a marching band.

After launching it on Sunday night, 290 people had got in touch by Monday morning.

And now it looks like 150 former majorettes will march in the carnival, raising money for cancer charities in the process.

Sharron, who works at The Bedroom store in Friars Street, said: “It’s been an amazing response – we never guessed so many would get in touch. They are sharing pictures and memories of their carnival days.

“It’s resulted in people getting in touch from all over the country and now we have ex-majorettes from as far away as Cornwall and Lincolnshire coming to take part.

“There’s a lot of support for it in the town. We’ve booked the Stevenson Centre in Great Cornard to train and we are now looking to find a band willing to march with us and anyone else interested in helping to make outfits in pink.”

The friends came up with the idea after reminiscing about their carnival baton twirling, and were wondering where their majorette friends were now.

Sudbury carnival – resurrected this year after an absence of nearly two decades – is due to take place on August 24, starting and finishing at the Delphi Centre.