The Hammerettes are back and they want Olympic Stadium slot to make troubled ground feel like home

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There is plenty West Ham United fans miss about Upton Park and the Hammerettes are one, here we speak to the woman trying to bring them back home.

The Hammers could not have wished for a better send-off for their beloved Boleyn Ground.

The East Londoners brought the curtain down on 112 years of history at their beloved Upton Park with a thrilling 3-2 victory over Manchester United in May.

It was a fitting send off for the famous old ground as West Ham moved on to their controversial new 60,000 seater Olympic Stadium home during the summer.

A woeful start to the season and life at their now named London Stadium home has left morale on the pitch and in the stands at a new low.

Some supporters are struggling to take to their new home and are hankering for their old ground.

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The Hammerettes have been reformed by Rebecca Batchelor (back row centre, right)

But model and West Ham fan Rebecca Batchelor - who runs the Dolls Agency UK - has reformed the group who famously used to entertain the crowds with their dance routines at half-time at the Boleyn.

And she is desperate to initiate talks with the club over a slot at the new ground in a bid to make it feel more like home for supporters.

Here we catch up with Rebecca for a Q&A on the Hammerettes and their plans.

Q) Many supporters used to love watching the Hammerettes at Upton Park, how did the reformation of the Hammerettes come about?

A: Me too! I had a season ticket from a very young age and grew up watching the Hammerettes. I joined them myself in 2012 and shortly after became the manager, which included organising promotional models and dancers for sporting events. Recently I was contacted by The West Ham Way events in need of promotional models for their pre-match events, and shortly after contacted by another event, so I thought it would be a great idea to relaunch the Hammerettes.

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Some of the Hammerettes outside Upton Park with TOWIE star Ricky Rayment

Q) How many of you are there and are you currently looking to get back involved with the club?

A: There is a team of around eight of us thus far. We are looking for fresh new team members (West Ham fans only of course) to join us at our events. Currently we have myself, Daisy, Eliza, Melissa, Shanice, Shannon, Jodie and Shannon. We are hoping to get the girls back performing at the ground and really feel like we can add some great half-time entertainment that families can enjoy.

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Q) Tell us a bit about you, do you have a favourite West Ham moment?

A: I've grown up supporting West Ham. From the age of two I was being taken to Upton Park by my mum as well as being taken to many away games. I currently don't have a season ticket at the London Stadium, although i do think i'll get one next year.

My favourite game has to be when we beat Tottenham 3-0 in 2013!

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The Hammerettes at Upton Park with legendary striker Frank McAvennie

Q) There has been a few teething problems at the new stadium, firstly what do you make of it and do you think bringing the Hammerettes back can make it feel more like West Ham's home?

When we first moved to the new stadium I was gutted as Upton Park was a place I grew going to and it held many good (and bad) memories for me.

But, I do feel like there is only so long that we can continue to blame the new stadium, it's done now, we need to move on.

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When I watched the Man City cup game I didn't see any passion from the West Ham squad and that's something that needs to be sorted.

I feel the Hammerettes can add some positivity to West Ham especially at a time like this when there is a lot of negativity surrounding the new ground.

For more information on the Hammerettes or to book them for an event contact info@dollsagencyuk.com

You can also follow them on Twitter @HammerettesUK and Facebook - HammerettesUK.

 

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