Clubland fans join in campaign

w2835p809 Clubland pix -Karen King.
w2835p809 Clubland pix -Karen King.
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Club people have been replying in droves to my recent mentions of the national Save Our Clubs campaign, which most clubs are now familiar with.

Andrew Shaw from Brookside Social Commercial Club in Upton tells me that he is actively involved in the campaign and that his club is taking bold steps, including a recent refurbishment, regular entertainment and active marketing within the local community, in order to attract new members and visitors.

Express reader Steven Simon blames the smoking ban on the decline in the number of club visitors and has even started his own political party in the Wakefield area to campaign on this single issue.

Edward VII club in Allerton Bywater has a great charity night to look forward to this weekend, with Help For Heroes benefiting from the big event on Friday September 16.

Club concert secretary Arthur Roberts tells me that a band called Highway 49 and glamorous singer Karen King will be providing the entertainment.

Garforth Lions Club are sponsoring the show, so why not go along and lend them your support.

Bernard Carr from Green Bowling Club in Ferry Fryston was in touch with news that his club is looking forward to a bit of comedy with a star night show on September 21.

Comedy is an increasingly rare commodity in our clubs these days and comedy duo No Idea are the star attraction on the big night at Bernard’s club.

An old clubland friend was in touch this week, seemingly just to let everyone know he was still around. Outwood born singer Keith Davidson, who now lives in Royston, tells me that he is looking for work in his own home area.

Keith hopes that clubs who remember him from previous appearances will track him down for a gig or two. I wish him every success.

In next week’s column I will be including a report on the mini-showcase, which took place earlier this week at Horbury WMC near Wakefield.

South Yorkshire company Angle Entertainments agreed to stage the show for our local concert secretaries’ federation.

Appearing on the night were clubland favourites Jonathan Carroll, Damion, Danny Barton and a brace of Wakefield lasses, Natalie Ann and Laura Ellis. Just in case you didn’t make it along on the night, rest assured you can read all about it right here in the Express.

Alverthorpe WMC in Wakefield is now boasting Friday night entertainment, adding to its already well-established Saturday and Sunday evening shows.

It’s great to see a club actually extending the entertainment package it offers to its members and visitors, especially in these most difficult times.

Clubs like this one and others in our area, such as Crigglestone WMC, Wrangbrook Club in Upton Glass Houghton WMC and George V WMC in Castleford all have increased and made omissions and amendments to the entertainment they offer.

I wish them all every success, as well as others clubs which I don’t know about who are trying hard to turn the tide and make their own local clubs successful once again.

If you have any news or views for this column we would like to hear from you. Just drop me a line at the Express, email mark-ritchie@btconnect.com or call my office number on 01924 890800 and leave a message.