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Pendle dancers pay tribute to war heroes

IN MEMORY: Rock It are a new dance troupe who are raising awareness of the World War One centenary (S)

IN MEMORY: Rock It are a new dance troupe who are raising awareness of the World War One centenary (S)

Devoted dancers from Pendle are paying a special tribute to their heroes in the centenary year of World War One and the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings.

Colne dance teacher Helen Green has brought together a talented troupe of youngsters to mark the two iconic milestones and to drive up funds for Help for Heroes and the Poppy Appeal.

The group, who have been named Rock-It, performed their military/swing routines for the first time at Favordale Care Home over the weekend, and already have a number of other bookings lined up - including at Trawden Agricultural Show and Colne Gala.

At every performance, dancers, who are aged between seven and 16, share researched stories of their own families and sprinkle poppy seeds in the area as a mark of respect.

They have attracted more than 700 followers on their Facebook page, and have been left “overwhelmed” by the support shown so far.

Mum-of-three Mrs Green (38), who lives in Trawden, said: “It has been a poignant and emotional few weeks. We started in January, and it has just snowballed into something.

“Everyone is really grateful, and it has been quite emotional for a lot of people.”

For more information and for dancer’s personal stories of their war heroes visit www.facebook.com/rockitkids

The team are available to dance at events free of charge.

 

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