Panto star Berwick backs charity run

Panto star Berwick backs charity run

Panto star Berwick backs charity run

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HE's famed for his flamboyant pantomime dame costumes but Berwick Kaler is keeping people guessing over what he will wear to take part in York's men-only fun run.

York's legendary pantomime dame Berwick has refused to dispel rumours that he will wear full dame attire to take part in R U Taking the P? 5km race in Rowntree Park.

He said: "For almost 40 years of playing a very attractive Dame, the organisers of ‘R U taking the P’ has brought humiliation on me by stating publicly that I am in fact a man.

"My son Martin Barrass has been ridiculed at his primary school from these slanderous rumours. I myself have gone through medical tests to prove I am a woman. However, the results have proved inconclusive so to prove to the world of North Yorkshire I am forced to reveal all on Sunday 15th June at the fun run at Rowntree Park."

Brian Hughes, founder and organiser of the race, said: “We are absolutely delighted that Berwick will be with us on the day showing his support for York’s very own prostate cancer event."

Mr Hughes founded R U Taking the P? in 2010 after a good friend had died with prostate cancer and another had to undergo a prostatectomy only weeks after losing his wife to cancer at Christmas.

The event always takes place on Father’s Day, which this year is Sunday, June 15 at 9.30am.

All the money raised stays in the city to further the vital research of Professor Norman Maitland at the University of York.

In the last five years R U Taking the P? has raised more than £46,000 under the umbrella of Yorkshire Cancer Research and made a difference to the lives of thousands of men.

For information about R U Taking the P? and to enter, visit www.yorkshirecancerresearch.org.uk/rutakingthep or drop into Brian’s Hair Fashions, South Bank Avenue, York, for an application form.

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