A TEAM of majorettes are celebrating being chosen to represent their country in a major competition.
The Valley Royals, based in Crosland Moor, are jetting off to Disney World in Florida to take part in The World Champion Baton Twirlers’ contest.
Around 450 troupes from all over the world are flocking to the Sunshine State to compete in the marathon eight-day event.
But the Huddersfield team are the only troupe from this country to be selected to take part.
Gordon Beeby from the group said: “This is a chance of a lifetime for The Valley Royals. They will be representing not only Huddersfield, but the whole of Great Britain so it’s a huge honour and privilege.
“They are very excited about going out there and showing the other teams what they can do. This is a big thing and they’re very proud to be doing it for their town.”
Their success in making the cut for the world championships marks the latest in a string of triumphs in what has been a remarkable eight months for the team, which is based at St Barnabas’ Church.
During this time the group has risen from the bottom of division two to the top of division one.
They took home the indoor and outdoor titles of best troupe in the UK and recently won Troupe of the Year, Senior Majorette Troupe of the Year and Tiny Troupe of the Year categories at a national competition in Southport.
The troupe’s win there earned them an invitation to the Florida contest – which starts next February – where 30 members from the adult and junior teams will travel to.
There the team will compete in rounds with groups of about 20.
Each round will see a troupe knocked out until a final showdown between the remaining groups
And while cheering and baton twirling is a big thing Stateside, Mr Beeby believes his group are in with a fighting chance of taking home the crown.
He said: “The Americans especially are very big on this kind of thing but our dancing is a lot more intense and structured than what they do over there.
“We’ve already represented Huddersfield for Great Britain so to get the opportunity to represent Great Britain for the world title is a massive achievement anyway.
“It would be one of the biggest challenges in the world to win it but we really believe we can do it – we are going out there to win!
The team have already raised £23,000 towards the cost of their trip, through sponsorship by local businesses.
They are still looking to raise funds to help cover expenses while they are out there – including food and uniforms.
To help contact Mr Beeby on 07931 801678.