While majorettes are often associated with the United States and France, they have a presence in the UK as well.

Their history here is relatively recent compared to other countries, but they have become a vibrant part of British cultural events.

The arrival of majorettes in the UK is generally attributed to the 1950s and 1960s, when American entertainment, including films and music, gained significant popularity. This exposure introduced the concept of majorettes to the British public.

The first official majorette troupe in the UK is believed to be the Silver Spinners, formed in Ipswich in 1982. Since then, majorette troupes have grown in popularity, particularly in northern England, with many towns and cities having their own groups.

Southampton have Harmony Twirlers but decades ago, there were many more in the area.

While the core elements of baton twirling and dance remain the same, there are some notable differences between UK majorettes and their counterparts in other countries.

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In the US, majorettes are often young girls, while here, age ranges can be wider, with some troupes including adults as well.

In fact, nearby Bishop’s Caundle has an over 18s Troupe known as Butterfly Twilight Majorettes.

Daily Echo: Solent Strutters majorettes in the 1970s.

Costumes in the UK tend to be more practical and less revealing compared to some US styles.

British majorettes also often perform to a wider variety of music, including pop and contemporary genres, alongside traditional marching band music.

Daily Echo: Majorettes in Netley - February 16, 1980.

Today, majorettes are a popular addition to parades, carnivals, and other community events in the UK.

These pictures were all taken of majorettes in the area through the years.