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In the pink: Bermuda Rifle and Drill Team members at Warwick Camp after a training session ahead of Tuesday’s Bermuda Day Parade (Photograph supplied)

A ladies’ drill and rifle team set up with help from the Royal Bermuda Regiment is set to take part in the annual Bermuda Day Parade.

Run by Sergeant Debbie Symons, the 25-strong Bermuda Rifle and Drill Team will take second spot in the line-up for the parade.

The squad, which includes new recruits as well as experienced performers, has been working since February to hone their skills for the big day.

“We’re not part of the regiment but we are thankful for all the volunteer support they have given us with drill instruction and physical training,” Sergeant Symons said.

Kezine Thompson, 52, from St David’s, has been with the group since the beginning.

“I came back this year and I haven’t missed a training session — I think I’m the oldest here,” she said. “We might not do all the things the army does but when we get home, we feel we’ve done a stint in the military.

“There’s definitely a physical fitness aspect and the discipline is good and it’s an honour to take part in the parade.”

Robin Dillas, 48, joined the drill and rifle team two years ago.

“The team make you feel comfortable and the routines are great,” she said. “We’ve bonded together and we’re just ready to have fun on Tuesday and let people see how good we look and how good our formations are.”

Nichole Williams, 45, from St George’s, said she was ready for her first appearance with the team.

“I’ve been working very hard,” she added. “It’s been an exciting experience and everybody’s been very encouraging. I like the physical part and the discipline we get.”

Colour Sergeant Sergio White, who runs Positive Results gym on St John’s Road, Pembroke, volunteered his time to help boost the team’s physical fitness.

“I’ve helped get them is shape — they are coming on,” he said. “I’ve been doing some running, hill training, weights and they visit the gym once a week. They’re all very keen and motivated.

“Some of them have said even after May 24, they will continue to work to keep healthy.”

Keeping fit: Colour Sergeant Sergio White, right, after putting drill and rifle team members through their paces at his Positive Results Gym in Pembroke (Photograph supplied)