Dedication, that’s what you need, if you want to be a record breaker
Famed for his trumpet playing and tap dancing, Roy Castle was the host of the long-running children’s TV show, Record Breakers between 1972 and 1994. He was awarded the OBE in 1992.
Yorkshire-born Roy was in fact multi-talented. He broke nine world records himself during the show Record Breakers’ run – notably the world’s fastest tap dance.
He also enjoyed a successful musical career in his earlier life and acted in a number of films including a Carry On movie and one of the two big screen versions of Dr. Who in the Sixties. He also appeared alongside Morecambe and Wise. Few performers have been as versatile. He even wrote and performed the Record Breakers theme tune.
Roy died after a public battle with lung disease aged just 62. A lifelong non-smoker, he contracted the illness after years of performing music in smoky jazz bars as a young man. “Whilst playing the trumpet in smoky rooms I inhaled great gulps of air - you have to fill your lungs,” he said.
He raised substantial sums for cancer charities in his final years. He always retained a positive attitude, saying: “Don't whine – laugh.”