ONE of the most recognisable stars of pantomime in the region is backing a fun run for prostate cancer.

Berwick Kaler, York’s legendary pantomime dame, is the latest celebrity to show support for R U Taking the P?

The men-only fun run was first organised by founder Brian Hughes in 2010 after a good friend died of prostate cancer and another had to undergo a prostatectomy only weeks after losing his wife to cancer at Christmas. Since then, the 5k run has taken place every year on Father’s Day from Rowntree Park.

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Sir Michael Parkinson and Yorkshire comedian Billy Pearce are also urging men to sign up, although they will not be able to attend on the day.

Mr Kaler said: “It gives me great pleasure to support Brian in his outstanding efforts to raise money for this vitally important cause and the fight to enlighten men not to be embarrassed to have their prostate checked – it could save lives.

“However, I did point out to the organisers that I am a woman, and after the laughter subsided they suggested I seek a second opinion.

"So, I’m off to see Dr McGregor, who is an expert veterinary surgeon, to put an end to these rumours once and for all.

"Whether I turn up for the fun run as a man or a woman depends entirely on the expertise of one doctor – you’ll just have to come along and join us in the fun run to find out the result.

“Either way we need your support and one way to do it is for our local men to come to their senses and sign up for R U Taking the P?”

People can sign up by visiting: