HUNDREDS of dancers tapped their way through a six-hour charity tap dancing extravaganza yesterday.
The eighth Roy's Relay Tapathon at North Bridge Leisure Centre in Halifax gave a huge fundraising boost to cancer care.
Last year's event raised £11,500 for the Roy Castle Foundation.
About £120,000 has been raised over the years.
The Scholes-born entertainer died of lung cancer. In the latter years of his life he worked tirelessly for cancer research.
Yesterday's tapathon saw almost 400 dancers from across Kirklees and Calderdale pack into the main hall at the leisure centre, watched by hundreds of spectators.
The event was organised by the charity's Calderdale Support Group, all of whom are former dancers who performed with Roy.
Next September will see the 10th anniversary of the entertainer's death.
Sixteen dance schools took part, with sponsored tappers aged between three and 80.
They started tapping at 10am and continued until 4pm.
Derek Hamer, an organiser and friend of Roy Castle, explained why the event had begun.
"He was synonymous with tap dancing," said Mr Hamer, who lives in Brighouse.
"We on the committee all worked with Roy when we were youngsters and we all danced in the same shows. We kept in touch with him throughout his life. When he was diagnosed with cancer we all tried to help."
He said Roy would have loved the idea of a tapathon.
"He would have been delighted I'm sure. He'd have joined in, of course."
Mr Hamer danced during lulls in the programme. He was sporting a gleaming pair of dancing shoes.
"They are a pair of Roy's tap shoes. They're a bit too fast for me!" he joked.
Among the schools taking part in the marathon event were the Audrey Spencer School of Theatre Dance, from Huddersfield, the Susan Glover Stage School, of Elland, the Elwyn School of Dance at Brighouse, the Janet Austin Tappers, of Brighouse, the Pam Strickland Tappers, from Huddersfield, the Huddersfield School of Theatre Dance and the Bernadette Heys School of Theatre Dance, from Marsden.