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Dancers put best foot forward for Tapathon

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

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

Hundreds of dancers are stepping out to help the fight against lung cancer.

The 18th annual chraity Tapathon will be held at North Bridge Leisure Centre today in support of the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation.

Sixteen dance schools from Calderdale and Kirklees are taking part in the popular event from 10.30am and the tapping just keeps going until 5pm this afternoon.

The event was started in 1997 by Derek and Vera Hamer of Brighouse who were friends of the entertainer and musician Roy Castle. Brighouse dance teacher Janet Austin organised the event for the first time two years ago.

Last year more than £11, 370 was raised for the Roy Castle Foundation.

She said: “I still get very nervous waiting for the sponsorship money to come in so it was a huge relief when the total amount raised last year was up by £670 on 2012.

“It is good to know that dance schools are still happy to take part. Everyone who takes part feels this is a very worthy cause and comments on the feel-good factor of the day.”

Dance schools taking part include the Janet Austin Tappers of Brighouse and Huddersfield, the Strickland 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.

The event will include a tombola stall, raffle and ‘guess the number of dancers’ competition.

 

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