Watch Kiera's, Sharon, and Dale's appearance on ITV's This Morning Program, December 2004, below, the video should automatically play.
Long established Rishtonians, The Howarths' lived "o'er brig" on Talbot Street for many years. Dale, Kieras father, was born in 1963, the middle of three children, with Geoff being his older brother and Debbie his little sister.
Born in 1993, Kiera had been lucky not to have been crippled from birth. Kiera had been born with a steep hip, a condition which had stopped her walking due to bow leggedness, and her legs had been in stirrups in the hope of stopping her from limping in later life. Doctors at the time told the family that if they had not caught it this early in life she may never have walked. She was unable to be taught to walk for over 12 months, and is left with a knee that will never face forward.
Kiera was a pupil at Saint Charles School in Knowles Street, then attended Saint Augustine's Roman Catholic High School, in Billington. During this time she won an array of trophies, including British Disco Dancing Champion, even though she only started dancing at the age of 10.
Taught by Sanderson's Dance and Fitness Centre, Over bonfire weekend 2004, Kiera travelled to Prestatyn in North Wales to enter the European Disco Dancing Championships, where she captured 1st prize as The European Under-12 Beginners Champion for Disco Dancing.
She competed against 40 other dancers, and was judged by 25 judges, before being declared 1st. She said she was shocked and happy and couldn't believe that she had won it. She told how she used to walk with her heels and toes out, to try and get her leg right, but that no longer bothered her.
Dad Dale said "We are so proud of her, She is our number one star pupil".
Mum Sharon said "Its a fantastic achievement, and even more impressive because of what she had been through. When she was a baby we would never have thought that she would be capable of something like this".
Kiera achieved national recognition from her 2004 results, appearing in the Lancashire Evening Telegraph in the November, The People national Sunday newspaper in December, Granada Reports local news program, and national TV with Phil and Fern on This Morning program, both in December!
Dale and Sharon Haworth.
Lancashire Evening Telegraph, November 11th 2004.
The Sunday People, 5th December 2004, page 26.