Ballroom dancers in a northern English town have seen their carefree footwork become more leaden recently after officials coated the floor of their dance hall in a semi-adhesive goo for safety reasons.

According to Saturday's edition of the Daily Telegraph, the amateur dancers in Todmorden, Yorkshire, complain they can no longer whisk their feet elegantly around the floor of the local town hall where the weekly classes are held.

"It used to be superb," Margery King, who has been attending for 19 years, told the paper.