WATCH: Fantastic film of 1980 Doncaster disco dancing contest

Alan Collier in the Yorkshire Disco Dancing Championships.
Alan Collier in the Yorkshire Disco Dancing Championships.

Check out the moves and the colourful costumes in this amazing video of a disco dancing contest shot in Doncaster way back in 1980.

The gaudy footage was shot at Romeo and Juliet’s night club in Duke Street 35 years ago - and shows a host of lithe, young disco dancers from across Yorkshire strutting their stuff on a sparkly stage to be crowned the county’s number one in the televised competition.

And among them is 20-year-old Doncaster lad Alan Collier, who can be seen wowing the crowd with some high-kicking moves in a sparkly gold jump suit as he bids for glory.

Hosting the grandly-titled Yorkshire Television Disco Dancing Championship is former Radio 1 DJ and television presenter Simon Bates, looking natty in a colourful jacket and trousers combo.

A description of the show on the Yorkshire Film Archive describes the programme as “an excellent example of the disco dancing scene that was a major part of the cultural zeitgeist during this period of time.”

Alan was among the twelve finalists competing to deliver the best dance moves with the winner going on to compete for the UK title.

And winner he was - triumphing above all the rest in the contest. But where is he now?

Other splendidly attired contestants include Wilfred Barry of Huddersfield, Raymond Wilkes of Leeds, Robert Scott of Scarborough, Robert Chalmers of Cleethorpes, Harry Bisset of York, Julie Stockdale of Castleford. David Bacon of Sheffield, Gillian Barker of Scunthorpe, Sylvia Murphy of Hull, Emmanuel Adebowale of Gainsborough and Charles Beach of Skegness.

The judges include Judie Sylvester (theatre dance director, Julie Brown (UK & World disco dancing champion 1979), Kelly Temple (Radio Hallam), Yakour (Finnish disco dancing champion), John Preen (Doncaster entertainment director) and Joy Weller (British Ballroom Dancing Association).

Do you recognise any of the contestants or yourself in the audience? Let us know!