The team met at Widford Village Hall on Sunday 19th November.. While some learned the routine from scratch, others had a refresher, they were then handed their T-shirts, posed for photographs (some less serious than others) and then we were all waiting for the cue to start. SMS messages arrived for a 15-minute warning and 5-minute warning. It was a strange feeling to know that in those last few minutes, in village halls and dance studios throughout the length and breadth of the country, teams were waiting for the same signal. Then, at 1.00pm, we received the cue to start. Nearly 10 minutes later it was all over. It will take some time for the evidence to be collected (photographs showing those waiting to take part, independent witness statements at each venue, videos of each venue's routine) before we know whether the record has been achieved. However we do know that this National Tap Dancing Event did raise money for BBC Children in Need as every participant purchased a T-shirt from the organiser's, a significiant portion of the cost of which went to the appeal.
Monday 20th November
Congratulations everyone on your sterling effort yesterday at the Tapathon. Particular thanks to Miss Ruth for putting you through your paces (glad to see you're all exhausted), Mary for the refreshments, and Sharon for the cakes.
Did they make it?
2017 was the best result so far - closest but not quite! 7,518 tappers took part which was just 78 short of a new world record. Together they raised in excess of £38,600.
Save the date
Tapathon 2018 will be on Sunday 18th November 2018.