Dancers put best foot forward for Tapathon

Roy Castle Tapathon at North Bridge Leisure Centre, Halifax. Janet Austin Tappers.
Roy Castle Tapathon at North Bridge Leisure Centre, Halifax. Janet Austin Tappers.

Pupils at Brighouse dance schools are buckling up their shoes for the 19th annual Roy Castle Tapathon.

The charity event, held at North Bridge Leisure Centre in Halifax, has raised more than £22,000 since it was first held in 1997 to help the fight against lung cancer.

The idea was created by Derek and Vera Hamer, who were friends of Roy Castle - the popular entertainer who died from the disease in 1994 despite being a non-smoker.

This year’s instalment, which will be held on Sunday, January 18, will see representatives of The Janet Austin Tappers and Brighouse Central Tappers take to the floor.

Event organiser Janet Austin, who took over the running of the event four years ago, said: “It’s wonderful to know that we can continue to raise money to support this charity.

“All the dancers that take part collect sponsor money and along with a raffle, tombola and a ‘Guess the Number of Dancers’ competition on the day, it always raises a good amount. Last year we did extremely well. The total for the day was £1,4036.96 - an amazing amount.

“Since 1997 the Tapathon has raised £22,9323.98 and I’m hoping we can achieve £25,000 by the 20th Tapathon next year. It’s looking hopeful.

“The dance schools are a mixture of children and adults, and some of the dance schools have taken part every year.

“I absolutely love the day of the Tapathon as it has a fabulous atmosphere and makes you feel so good to know you are all there to raise money to help with research into lung cancer.”