Fundraisers were jive talking well into last night in an 11-hour danceathon.

And organisers of the event for Help For Heroes are hoping to beat last year’s staggering total of £20,000.

More than 100 dancers took to the floor at the Ritz Ballroom in Brighouse from 11 minutes past 11 yesterday morning with teams dancing consecutively for 11 hours.

Many dressed in military uniforms and vintage clothing and the ballroom was decked out in Union flag decorations.

The event was held to coincide with Remembrance Sunday.

Sheila Kearns, who helped organise the fundraiser, said she had been overwhelmed by the generosity of supporters.

She said: “This is the third year we have done the danceathon.

“It has grown in popularity. It’s been absolutely fantastic – the costumes, the DJs, the ladies who have helped with the food.

“Those dancers are the most amazing bunch of people I have ever had the honour of meeting.

“They have worked so hard raising money and, of course, with the dancing.

Couples from dance groups across Yorkshire and the North West attended the event, including Huddersfield’s Putting On The Ritz and Brighouse Ritz Resistance.

Video Loading
 

Sheila established the event with friends Steve Dilger and Alan Olbison, who owns the Ritz Ballroom.

Steve, 58, said: “I served in the Royal Army Ordinance Corps and my son Matt was in the Royal Signals and did a tour of Afghanistan.

“But what really made me want to raise money was when I heard a friend of mine, a bomb disposal officer, had suffered serious injuries in Afghanistan.

“Help For Heroes does and amazing job and we wanted to raise money for the rehabilitation centres.”

This year the money raised will go to Phoenix House Recovery Centre, Catterick, run by Help for Heroes.

It forms part of the Defence Recovery Capability.