Rose named after young Knapton stage star Katie Thompson

A young theatre star has had a rose named after her, following in the footsteps of her mother.

Thirteen-year-old Katie Thompson from Knapton has been immortalised at a young age in the shape of a dark purple floribunda by grower Bill Legrice.

Katie's Rose marks her leading role in a community musical production of Annie Get Your Gun at the Sheringham Little Theatre, where her mother Debbie is director.

Mrs Thompson also had a rose named after her, Deb's Delight, when she was a teenager starring in a Mundesley Players production of Carousel before going on to pursue a professional acting and theatre career.

Katie, a pupil at Sheringham High School, also has aspirations of working in musical theatre, having here eyes set on drama school, and has already passed her Grade 4 singing exams.


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Mum Debbie said: 'Katie was really chuffed with the rose especially, because it's her favourite colour - everything in her bedroom is purple.'

The youngster told a launch event at Hampton Court Flower Show she was honoured to have the rose named after her.

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She also follows in another set of famous footsteps - a year after a Legrice rose called Drama Queen, which is raising funds for the Little Theatre, was revealed by stage and screen acting legend Dame Judi Dench at the same show.

Wroxham-based Bill Legrice said: 'Katie astounded everybody in Annie with her voice, so this rose is to celebrate that.'

Her grandmother Liz Barnes has worked at the historic rose company founded in 1921 for 25 years.

Legrice also launched another rose at the show, a soft orange floribunda marking the 90th anniversary of the Norfolk Federation of Women's Institutes which was carried out by chairman Sally Paramour.

More information about Bill Legrice Roses at www.rosebuddies.com

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