Roy Castle mural on School Road in Sale: Pic Darren Marsden

Solved:The mystery of Sale’s giant Roy Castle mural

Roy Castle was one of the most beloved entertainers of his generation, and much more besides. The multi-talented musician and dancer was also an accomplished actor, comedian and television presenter, probably most famous for fronting the long-running BBC series, ‘Record Breakers’.

Tragically, he died of lung cancer in September 1994, at the age of just 62, even though he always kept himself very fit and had never smoked a cigarette in his life.

In the final year of his life, Roy toured England on a specially commissioned train, entertaining thousands of fans at each stop, despite being so weak he could barely speak. His astonishing courage prompted a huge response wherever he went, and helped raise funds to build the world’s first research centre dedicated entirely to lung cancer.

Now the charity that bears his name, Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation, is opening a shop in School Road, Sale – with the giant image already dominating the local skyline.

As the Foundation’s deputy chief executive, Mike Grundy, explained: “We’re delighted to have found these premises for our new Sale shop, it’s a great location.

‘’We’re looking to recruit staff to run and manage the unit, which we hope to open early in the New Year. We’ll be stocking a wide range of furniture, clothing and accessories, and we’ll welcome donations from the public after we open.

‘’Our grateful thanks to Bradley Edge LLP who arranged the lease. They’ve been most helpful and professional throughout. In fact, they really have gone the extra mile for us, as they also kindly sponsored the artwork. We all think this image is just stunning’’.

The striking picture was created by internationally-acclaimed commercial artist Peter Barber; you can see more of his work at

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