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Tap dancers get ready for 20th annual Roy Castle Tapathon on January 17

Sixteen groups including those from Huddersfield will take part

Dancers will spring into action on Sunday to mark a landmark fundraiser.

Sixteen tap dance schools from across the Huddersfield and Calderdale area will flock together to partake in the annual Roy Castle Tapathon event on January 17.

And this time, tappers of all ages hope to surpass a fundraising landmark by raising their donation total since the event began to over £250,000.

It is all for the charitable Roy Castle Lung Foundation formed in memory of the Scholes-born entertainer, who died in 1994 aged 62 of lung cancer.

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The Janet Austin Tappers, Donna Claire School of Dance and Strickland-Cook Tappers are amongst the Huddersfield groups taking part in the event at Northridge Leisure Centre in Halifax, along with those from the town, Brighouse and Bradford.

They will dance in turn for around 15 minutes from 10am to 3pm.

Janet Austin, current organiser, said: “This is the big one.

We’ve so far raised over £240,000 and we’re hoping to reach our goal this time.

“Each of our dancers collects sponsorship money for taking part in it.

“We’re hoping that Roy Castle’s wife Fiona will be coming along to see some of them.

Pics from last year's Tapathon below

“It’s such a feel good day and just makes us want to keep continuing it.

“There’s a brilliant atmosphere – it’s buzzing– and I think in this world where there’s so much bad news it’s nice to be part of something good.”

Janet said that she hopes the tapathon will continue for as long as possible.

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The first event was put on in 1996 by Derek and Vera Hamer, who danced alongside Roy in the 1940s and 50s.

Janet, who has been in charge for the past four years, said: “I’ll keep going as organiser as long as I can and we intend to run it as long as it keeps making money for the foundation.

“People interested in dancing are free to come and watch.

“We expect there to be an audience throughout the day.”



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