A LANDMARK feature of a North-East town centre will glow pink throughout this week to celebrate the launch of Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life.

The charity has worked with Darlington Borough Council to turn the iconic town centre clock pink in homage to the popular event taking place across the region this summer.

A dance routine dubbed the Cancer Slam will also be performed in Darlington town centre on Friday by the Tiffany School of Dance to inspire more women to sign up for the event.

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Jayne Glasgow, Race for Life Darlington events manager, said: “Race for Life is non-competitive.

“It doesn’t matter how fit or fast you are.

“Taking part is about joining together against a disease that affects all of us.

“You can walk, run, dance on the course, so we urge local ladies to take the first step by signing up today.”

She added: “We’d like to thank the Tiffany School of Dance for taking part in Cancer Slam and showing us how it’s done!

“The Cancer Slam is a fun, defiant and energetic dance which epitomises the power and emotion of Race for Life and we urge women from across the region to get involved and unite in the fight against cancer.”

Tiffany School of Dance instructor Rachael Tiffany said they were delighted to support the launch week.

She said: “We’re so excited about taking part in the Cancer Slam and we’ve had a great time learning the routine.

“We hope we can inspire women to join in the fun and enter their local Race for Life event.

“Cancer touches so many of us.

“That’s why we want to do everything we can to motivate women to power up the pink and show cancer who’s boss.”

The Darlington event takes place in South Park on June 8 followed by races in Middlesbrough on June 20 and 21, Hartlepool on July 6, Durham on July 27 and Newcastle on July 20.

10k races and a new obstacle course event called Pretty Muddy will also take place in Newcastle and Sunderland over the same weekend as their main 5k event.

To enter Race for Life in the North-East, and learn how to do the Cancer Slam, visit raceforlife.org or call 0845 600 6050.