Heather dances into world elite

A talented teenager has been flying the flag for her town and country in the Highland Dancing World Championships.

Seventeen-year-old Heather Nelson, of Blyth, became the first English girl in years to qualify for the finals of the contest in Dunoon after impressing in the heats.

Blyth teenager Heather Nelson, who won a medal in the Highland Dancing World Championships.

Blyth teenager Heather Nelson, who won a medal in the Highland Dancing World Championships.

The youngster then joined 19 dancers from Canada, New Zealand, the United States and Scotland for tough judging in the Fling, Swords, Seann Truibhas and Highland Reel.

And she is believed to be the first ever English dancer to gain points and a medal in the final after coming in the top six for various sections.

The success takes Heather’s trophy tally to almost 100 this year following competitions in England, Scotland and Canada.

She trains at the Donna Kimberley School of Highland Dancing. For details see www.dksohd27.co.uk