Proud Gran off to Belgium

Looking forward: Freda Munton can't wait to cheer on her grand-daughter in the aerobics world championships.
Looking forward: Freda Munton can't wait to cheer on her grand-daughter in the aerobics world championships.
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PROUD granny Freda Munton (91) this week set off from Spalding on her first trip by Eurostar for Brussels to watch her grand-daughter compete in the aerobics world championships.

Australian-born Felicity Munton was the youngest competitor, at 15, two years ago when she and her partner Glen Wimberley took 5th place at Geneva after Russia, China, Japan and the UK.

This year the pair, still Australian champions, are aiming even higher as they take on the world’s best for a second time.

Freda, who lives at Swallows Court in Pinchbeck Road, Spalding, became used to cheering her offspring up on stage when her son Robert, Felicity’s father, was lead guitarist in the town’s successful rock group Sounds Force Five.

Her proudest moment was the legendary 1967 Spalding concert when Sounds Force Five supported an all-star bill including Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd and Geno Washington.

This week Robert returned to his home town to accompany his mum on the train trip to Brussels, 30 years after emigrating to Australia where he lives in Brisbane with his wife Mel and their family.

Before she set off Freda said: “I’m absolutely thrilled to be going to see Felicity perform – I missed the world championships two years ago and I wouldn’t miss this for anything.

“Robert flew to Heathrow with the rest of the family and came here for a few days so he and I could catch our train at Peterborough for King’s Cross and the Eurostar.

“I’ve flown all the way to Australia and back 18 times but I’ve never been on the Eurostar before. It’s a real treat.

“I have seen Felicity and Glen perform and it’s exciting and very graceful to watch, almost like dancing with an element of gymnastics.

“The two of them do so well considering the winners two years ago all train professionally whereas they come from a little village club and do it in their spare time. Felicity is studying to go to university.”