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Teacher back on track to finish dancing length of the country

By Wells Journal  |  Posted: November 08, 2012

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He got knocked down but he got up again and nothing was keeping Ben Hammond down as he resumed his dance of the length of Britain on Saturday.

It was a month to the day when the 34-year-old teacher and support tricycle rider Alice Tanswell were knocked down by the Camelot Inn in Polsham. Both suffered head and leg injuries.

An abortive attempt to dance the remaining 200 miles was made two weeks later but injured Ben only managed a mile.

But he set off at 10am on Saturday in the direction of Glastonbury and Street towards his destination of Othery.

Sunday saw him go on to Taunton.

Before adding to the 1,000 miles he's danced so far, Ben said: "I'm feeling not too bad.

"Everything is physically working. I'm very scarred and have a bit of tinnitus but raring to go again.

"I've had some rest and recuperation and danced down in London. I think I'll start again with a shimmy to ease myself back into it."

Ben's dance steps are all in aid of Dance Britain for Burma, a campaign Ben started to raise the profile of the country's poverty, health and educational problems and for related charities.

Last year Ben, from Bradford on Avon, and 6,000 others broke the record for the longest dance (five days, 15 hours, 15 minutes) on the banks of the Thames and for holding the largest silent disco.

He also danced 72 hours non-stop at Glastonbury Festival.

Having started Dance Britain for Burma in John O'Groats on August 13, Ben hopes to reach Land's End on December 1.

Alanna Rugg, 25, of Wookey, was banned from driving for 28 months and ordered to do 120 hours of community service after admitting to driving while three times over the limit, failing to stop at the scene and failing to report an accident.

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