Big events line up across clubland

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Solo singers Helen Marie and Darren Sweeney have come up with a new duo project, which is to be known as American Heartbeat.

Alverthorpe WMC is to provide club-goers with their first look at this act this weekend when Helen and Darren can be seen at the club on Sunday evening. I daresay there could be many talent-spotters in the audience for this one.

Still on the subject of top duos and Crigglestone WMC is set to welcome the very naughty comedy and music act Seaside Rendezvous this weekend for a Saturday night show. Don’t be late!

Many people will remember clubland entertainer Billy J Franks, his sister Joy Lorraine and their dad Johnnie Franks.

This talented family, who all still live in the Tingley area, are celebrating the latest success of Billy’s gorgeous daughter Sophie. This young lady has been working all over the world as a dancer on cruise ships. Now I hear that Sophie is on dry land for a while starring in a touring production of Starlight Express and I’m sure all her supportive family and friends will be going along to catch her in action.

Bernard Carr from The Green Bowling Club in Ferry Fryston is looking forward to a fun-filled weekend with a visit from comedy duo No Idea on Saturday night.

The clubs seem to love this Lancashire act and I saw them only recently at the Leeds CIU clubland awards show.

George V WMC in Castleford is running band nights for up-and-coming local bands on Friday evenings. Michael Needham from the club was in touch with the news that a winner will be chosen from all the bands who assemble and there is a cash prize and a spot on the club’s own event Georgefest at stake. Just call in at the club for further details.

Neil Siddall from Featherstone WMC was also in touch this week with more entertainment news. Neil tells me that top band The Civilians and Scouse comedian Gary Skyner will appear on stage at the club on March 16.

The occasion is a special charity event in aid of a cancer research charity and tickets are just £5 each.

We have sad news today of the death of Stanley club man Ralph Margrave at the age of 93. There can’t be too many club people who have clocked up three-quarters of a century in clubland but Ralph, who I am proud to say was my uncle, once told me that he had joined his local club at the age of 18 and had been a member of many clubs, including Outwood WMC, ever since.

Do you know of anyone who has been a club member for longer than this? If so, why not get in touch and let me know.

I would like to just take a couple of lines just to say sorry to Wakefield City Club, where I was due to appear last Friday night. I am still not fully recovered after my recent illness and had a couple more nights in hospital last week.

Pontefract Ex-Servicemen’s Club is set for visits from club stars such as Carl Ashington, Christina Myers and Tony Fletcher over the next few weeks. Carl is a very smooth soul singer, while the lovely Christina is always popular in her own own area. Tony, from Horbury, performs a vocal impressions show, which is always worth seeing. It seems there is plenty to see and enjoy at this club.

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