A GROUP of Mirfield women bared all to raise money and awareness for cancer charities.
The Mirfield Half Monty was the brainchild of Tania Asquith and Debs Holroyd, who got the idea from the celebrity Full Monty show that aired on ITV earlier this year.
The pair quickly put a request out on Facebook to see if anybody wanted to join them in their quest of performing a ‘half monty’ – and within hours they’d gathered a group of 10 women.
Many of the performers – aged in their 40s, 50s and 60s – have had breast surgery following cancer and signed up in the hope they could prompt others to regularly check themselves for lumps.
Playing to two sell-out ladies-only crowds at Old Bank Working Men’s Club in Mirfield and Milbridge WMC in Liversedge, Tania said: “We just didn’t expect the response we got, there were women crying. It was just phenomenal, you had to be there – it was electric.
“Mirfield is an absolutely wonderful place. I loved every second of it.”
They performed a dance routine which saw them almost bare all, covering their top half with just a feather boa.
And 51-year-old Tania paid tribute to choreographer Rachel Bowers, who gave her time free of charge.
She said: “She’s an unbelievable woman. None of us are professional dancers and she just pulled up this routine.
“We might have organised the roots of it but without her we wouldn’t have been able to do it.”
The group has so far raised close to £9,000 for Breast Cancer Now and the Cavell Unit at Dewsbury Hospital from ticket sales and raffles on the two nights – with more money yet to be counted.
Tania said: “It’s a lot more than we expected to make!”
The ladies who were part of the Half Monty were Louise Hardy, Sue Ibberson, Leanne Entwistle Barstow, Jean Entwistle, Amanda Jones, Sue Bartholomew, Jane Hartley, Sandra Scanlon, Hannah Brown, Victoria Bennett, Jayne Pollard, Debs and Tania.