A tap dancing dog brought a smile to the faces of early morning commuters at Huddersfield Railway Station.
A mass tap dance for Children in Need took place in St George’s Square early today, led by Huddersfield-born BBC Radio Leeds breakfast show presenter Liz Green.
Liz was joined by dozens of dancers and the Deputy Mayor of Kirklees Clr Paul Kane and deputy mayoress Susan Bedford.
But star of the show was Coco Chanel Teddy Pom-Pom, a two-year-old hound, who came with owner Katy Bradbury, who runs Lindley-based KT Dance Academy.
More than 50 dancers braved the weather for what is thought to be the town’s first ever public tap-a-thon.
Princesses, fairies and Superman were also keen to show their twinkle toes, after coming together to learn a fast-paced routine to Pharrell Williams’ catchy hit Happy.
And there were certainly no glum faces amongst the lines thanks to the generosity of the weather gods, who issued a break in the chilly morning rain to allow their two-minute spectacular take place.
Commandeering other passers by still with their morning coffees in hand to take part, the performance glided by without a hitch, despite many only having learned the routine moments before.
It was a special achievement for Liz, who continued to broadcast live on the station whilst leading the dancers at the front along with her dance teacher, Margaret Bowers.
Liz, who took up tap dancing a year ago to keep fit after being diagnosed with diabetes, said: “It was just mind blowing and it was a great way to raise money for Children in Need.
“I’m at home today and it’s just wonderful.
“I’d like to thank everyone for taking part to help us fund raise and if we get enough support, then we’d love to do it again.”
She was joined by 25 mini dancers from KT Dance Academy and teacher Katy said: “We rehearsed hard and all the kids loved it.”
One of the surprise dancers was Clr Kane who said: “It was great fun. Never in a month of Sundays did I think I’d be doing this but we’ll do anything to raise money.”
Meanwhile, Liz’s teacher Margaret, who works in Huddersfield and Sowerby Bridge, could not be stopped tap dancing around the square, armed with a donation bucket.
She said: “Liz has been with me for just over one year and I’m very impressed that she arranged all of this.”
One of the groups that will benefit from money raised through Children in Need events across the country is Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice, which received £96,000 from the fund over three years and hopes to gain more next year.
Head of community fundraising, Jason Costello, said: “It makes a huge difference. The money has allowed us to employ a play co-ordinator who uses play as therapy for the children.”