Leader: Time to remember
Oct 9 2010 by Val Javin, Huddersfield Daily Examiner
THE Roy Castle Fund already does much to help others and to honour the man for whom it is named.
Roy Castle was not only one of the country’s most versatile, well loved and enduring entertainers, he was a Huddersfield lad and proud of it.
Roy died in 1994 aged 62 from lung cancer, despite being a non-smoker.
He contracted the disease after working for years in clubs in an era when smoking was a huge part of the social culture.
Since his death, his widow, Fiona, has done much to raise funds for Cancer Research and awareness of the illness which killed him.
Now she and Peter Foot, chairman of the Roy Castle Fund, are due to meet council chiefs to discuss the possibility of some permanent memorial in honour of the entertainer in the town that he loved so much.
Even though work and fame took him far from Scholes – the village where he was born – Roy never forgot his roots. He loved the Holme Valley and was as proud of it as it was of him.
Fiona is keen to discover what local people think and how they feel Roy can best be honoured. A statue or monument is one option.
In times of tight public spending, raising the necessary funds will be the first challenge. But in tough times, artists such as Roy Castle are the ones to lift our spirits.
And how well a twinkle-toed statue of the man could put the smile back on people’s faces and remind us all that achievement is down to talent and lots of determination and hard work.
Roy Castle had them all.