The Queen’s visit to Corby was special for everyone, but the event had extra significance for one youngster from the town.
Ten years ago to the day, Chloe Piechowiak was undergoing open-heart surgery which saved her life.
She was born with three holes in her heart, and after they showed up on a scan when she was six months old, she underwent a six-and-a-half hour operation at Glenfield Hospital in Leicester to try to cure the problem.
Fast-forward to yesterday and Chloe, who will be 11 in August, danced for the Queen at Corby International Pool.
Woodnewton: A Learning Community pupil Chloe, of Gainsborough Road, Corby, was dancing with the Shape Dance group, where she learns ballet, tap and modern dancing.
Shape Dance were among six groups performing for the Queen at the swimming pool shortly after her arrival in town.
Proud mum Emma said: “If she hadn’t had the operation she would not have made it to her first birthday. It literally saved her life.
“She was given the all-clear when she was five.
“The doctors had every confidence that it would work but they didn’t know at the time whether it would be a cure.
“She is now fit enough to be able to do all of the things other children can do, and this was a once in a lifetime opportunity for her.”
As well as her love of dance, Chloe is also a member of Corby Swimming Club and swims at Corby International Pool.