‘A BIG success’ were the words used to describe a national dance competition involving swords that took place in Burton.
More than 100 dancers descended on the town to take part in the Dancing England Rapper Tournament over the weekend.
Rapper sword dancing is a traditional style of dance that originated in the North East of England more than 150 years ago.
Nigel Moss, spokesman for the event’s organising committee, told the Mail: “It went really well and it was enjoyed by all who were involved.
“Teams from the length and breadth of the country, from Newcastle to Exeter, took part and had a great time.
“By the end of the event we were full to capacity and therefore we deemed it to be a big success.”
The tournament required the dance teams compete before a select panel of judges at host of pubs across the town and then Burton Town Hall.
The dancing took place in the Coopers Tavern, in Cross Street, the Devonshire Arms, in Station Street, the Old Cottage Tavern, in Byrkley Street, the Alfred, in Derby Street, and the Grange Inn, in Casey Lane.
Mr Moss added: “The event ran very smoothly and everyone enjoyed it so very much.
“A lot of people from the town came along to have a look and I think town trade will have received a boost with the amount of people arriving in Burton for the national event.
“We have had some great feedback and nothing but positive comments so far.
“We have been asked if we will be coming back to Burton and, judging by the response, I am sure we will.
“The event was last held in the town in 1996 and so it might be a while before it is back, but I am sure it will be as it went so well.
“We would love to thank everyone involved with the event.”
More than 30 teams in total took part in the competition.
More information is available by visiting www.DERT2013.org or www.risa.demon.co.uk