Clubland stars line up for tribute night

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ONE of the biggest shows in the clubland calendar is in prospect in the Pontefract area this coming week with a night to remember on January 19 at Prince of Wales WMC.

A memorial concert to mark the passing of that great clubman Jim Tomlin will be staged on the night.

Jim was concert secretary at the club, as well as long-time president of the local federation. He died late last year after a long fight with Alzheimer’s disease and a galaxy of clubland stars have pledged to appear on the night, with all proceeds being donated to The Alzheimer’s Society.

I shall be going along to compere the show and among those appearing are comedy stars Jo Little and Johnny Martell, plus singing stars Ricky Graham, Ali Jordan, Carrie Michaels and others.

If you are planning to go, my advice is be early. Jim was a much-loved clubland man and I’m sure that many of his club friends will be on hand to bid a fond farewell to one of the most influential clubmen of his generation.

The B&S Sports Club in Featherstone is a club that I haven’t mentioned in this column in quite a while.

This comfortable little venue plays host to some great Friday night acts over the next few weeks, with keyboard kings Craig Michaels and Rob Russell presenting their Duelling Pianos show on January 28, while the Friday before, January 21, sees Wakefield duo Two Steps Forward taking centre stage.

Another big date for the diaries of live band fans is January 22, when top tribute band Complete Madness take the stage at Pontefract Sports and Social Club.

The former Labour Club on Chequers Close boasts some great entertainment nights and I’m sure that everyone concerned is expecting a full house for this one.

Local lad Nicky Darren and that bubbly Goole artiste Sonya are just two of the acts lined up for Edward VII Club at Allerton Bywater over the next few weeks.

This club really is on the up and up and I shall be popping in myself in a few weeks time to take a look at the club’s popular Sunday concert nights.

A number of readers have been in touch regarding a mention I gave in this column quite recently regarding a tribute/retirement concert for Kinsley-born clubland star Tony Wayne, who made his final clubland appearance just before Christmas.

The date and venue of Tony’s big night has been arranged, with the club being staged in Wakefield at Crigglestone WMC on February 24, and clubland singing star Kerrie Leonard and myself will be producing the show.

The show will be made up of clubland friends and those who have benefited from Tony’s skills as a vocal coach.

I shall be mentioning this show again a bit closer to the event, but I’m sure many people will want to travel across to Crigglestone from this area and at least now readers can put the date in their diaries.

Finally for this week, I worked in a double bill last weekend at a club in South Yorkshire, with a clubland newcomer called Lesley Ball.

I predict a big future for this beautiful singer, and to say I was impressed would be a real understatement. Remember the name, and as soon as you see young Lesley advertised locally, my advice is to go along and catch her act.

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