Best foot forward for Roy Castle tapathon - video

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Hundreds of dancers were ‘on tap form’ when they took to the floor at North Bridge Leisure Centre, Halifax, for the 17th annual charity Tapathon.

Last year the Tapathon achieved the ambitious target of £200,000 raised since the event was started in 1997 by Derek and Vera Hamer of Brighouse who were friends of the popular entertainer and musician Roy Castle.

Janet Austin Tappers perform at annual tapathon, North Bridge Leisure Centre, Halifax.

Janet Austin Tappers perform at annual tapathon, North Bridge Leisure Centre, Halifax.

This year organiser Janet Austin hopes the event will have raised around £10,000 for the fight against lung cancer.

“We had a fantastic day and there was a brilliant atmosphere, as always.

“The weather did not deter dancers from taking part and families, parents and friends turned out in force to support them.”

Dance schools taking part included the Janet Austin Tappers of Brighouse and Huddersfield, the Stickland Cook Theatre School, the Dance Mill, Baby Ballet, Dance 4 All, Barbara Peters School, Whiteley’s Academy, Dance Arena Ballet and Stage School and North Bridge Tappers - all of Halifax - and Hoofers of Sowerby Bridge.

Strickland Cook Theatre School girls at the annual tapathon, North Bridge Leisure Centre, Halifax.

Strickland Cook Theatre School girls at the annual tapathon, North Bridge Leisure Centre, Halifax.

“There were more than 300 dancers from tiny tots to 80-plus,” said Janet. “There were traditional tap numbers as well as the popular Gangnam-style. It was a lot of fun and it was all in a good cause.

“It was daunting to take over from Derek and Vera Hamer two years ago and it’s great that there is still so much support for the event.”

Scholes-born Roy Castle - a dancer, musician and singer - died from lung cancer in 1994, despite being a non-smoker.

Strickland Cook Theatre School at the annual tapathon, North Bridge Leisure Centre, Halifax.

Strickland Cook Theatre School at the annual tapathon, North Bridge Leisure Centre, Halifax.