Richard Landon, 47, binged on beer, pies and takeaways after being laid off from his job with Barclays bank after 25 years. His weight reached a maximum of 30 stone before he decided to get help
Richard decided to rejoin Saddleworth Morris Men club after being forced to leave when he became too big to keep up.
'When I was big I never knew if I was going to make it to the end of the dance, and on the way to one event I even split my trousers.
'I wasn’t giving the team my all and didn’t want to let them down so I had to quit.'
Making a New Year’s resolution in January 2012 Richard decided to join his local WeightWatchers and went along with his mother for support.
He said: 'The hardest part was walking through the doors for that first meeting, but I knew if I didn’t go then I would never bite the bullet.'
After overhauling his calorie-laden diet and turning to the tradition folk dance he lost 15 stone, bringing his weight down to a healthy 13st 10lbs. His waist has shrunk from 60 inches to just 34.