Bill is dancing for joy

Torch carrier Bill Weston MBE and local young athletes celebrate the announcement of the route the Olympic torch will take through the borough.
Torch carrier Bill Weston MBE and local young athletes celebrate the announcement of the route the Olympic torch will take through the borough.
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THERE aren’t many men who would dress up in a skirt and replicate a majorette troupe but for 36 years that’s exactly what Buxton’s Bill Weston has been doing – and now he can strut his stuff while carrying the Olympic Torch.

The 72-year-old, of Macclesfield Road, who founded the men’s dancing troupe The Billerettes in 1975, will run in Buxton with the torch on June 29.

A volunteer at St Anne’s Catholic Primary School for 11 years, Bill, who is also Buxton’s Town Crier, was nominated to carry the torch through Lloyds TSB’s nationwide search.

And he admits it is an honour he cherishes alongside his MBE, which was awarded in 2004 for his outstanding contribution to the local community.

“It’s a wonderful honour and I’m blessed to be involved with many things, it’s just great to be carrying the Olympic Torch, without a doubt,” he said.

“If you think about the number of people who were nominated, it’s remarkable that I am one of the lucky ones chosen.”

Find out what Lloyds TSB is doing in your community and who is carrying the Flame at lloydstsb.com/carrytheflame.