Bill is Buxton’s hero!

sp91906 Opening of New Seat in Buxton. Billy Weston cuts the ribbon watched by centre manager Carlon Stevans and the rest of the Billyerettes.
sp91906 Opening of New Seat in Buxton. Billy Weston cuts the ribbon watched by centre manager Carlon Stevans and the rest of the Billyerettes.

Spring Gardens Shopping Centre unveiled its brand new seating to shoppers last week with the help of Buxton’s nominated local hero.

The centre encouraged shoppers and residents in Buxton to nominate someone from the local community who goes that extra mile to help others.

The person who received the most votes was Bill Weston MBE, the founder of Britain’s most unusual majorette dance troupe, the Billerettes.

Bill has been raising money for charities by entertaining the public with a unique take on girls’ majorette dancing for over 36 years.

Bill and his troupe have, over the years, helped raise hundreds of thousands of pounds for charity, for local and national organisations.

Bill is soon to launch a book entitled ‘Men in Skirts’, The Story of the Billerettes.

The troupe, who can be easily recognised in their vibrant orange uniforms, consist mostly of men.

Bill said: “I am surprised but very delighted to have been nominated as Buxton’s local hero and given the honour of unveiling the Spring Gardens Centre’s new seating here today.”

Centre manager at Spring Gardens Shopping Centre, Carlon Stewart, said: “Bill is a very worthy winner of the community hero competition and a great character to unveil the centre’s brand new seating.

“I am sure that our shoppers will agree.”

When the seats were removed earlier in the year, local shoppers and pensioners’ groups lobbied for them to be replaced as soon as possible.