Winter warmers with great nights out

sarah pollin
sarah pollin

It’s great to get the dead month of January out of the way and hopefully we can look forward to some warmer evenings, which may just tempt a few more potential club patrons away from their armchairs and tellys and into our club concert rooms.

Townville Miners’ Club in Castleford is a club that I haven’t visited in ages and it’s top rock band night at this smashing club this weekend with a Friday night visit from Top Gun.

Admission is just £2 and this hot five piece outfit are sure to rock the place. With local star Ricky Graham appearing at Townville on Sunday evening, Townville should be a happy place this weekend.

Incidentally, speaking of rock bands there is an outfit with a very odd name appearing at Mill Lane Club over in South Kirkby this weekend for a Saturday night show. The name of the band is Mahogany Newt and that is certainly quite a name to conjure with!

Carry On Cabaret is the name of a very wittily presented, quick-change impressions show and the B&S Club in Featherstone is the place to see this act this weekend. Friday night is the night to enjoy this multi-award-winning act and, as they are presenting entertainment of this standard, I’m sure the club will receive lots of local support.

Local lass Sarah Pollin is always worth listening to and Ferrybridge Progressive Club is the place to hear her in action this weekend with a Sunday night show in prospect.

I hear that young Sarah has other projects on the go at the moment and I’m, sure that all her pals will wish her well with everything she is doing.

On a personal note, I was due to appear in my capacity as an entertainer at Edward VII Club Allerton Bywater in a couple of weeks’ time. Due to circumstances beyond my control, I’m unable to appear. I do hope that the engagement can be rearranged.

South Elmsall singer Roxanne Powers was in touch by e-mail last week with news of The Moorthorpe Hotel, which is a new live entertainment venue in our area. Roxanne herself kicked off the new Sunday gigs and I hear that things went very well. It was lovely to hear from Roxanne and she tells me that her career on stage has now scanned 21 years. It only seems like yesterday that this lovely local lass first began.

I hear that The Old Mill in South Kirkby is up for a new look with a refurbishment going on at the moment and many new entertainment plans in the offing. I will report more on this venue when more news develops.

Finally for this week, fans of Kinsley-born entertainer Tony Wayne may wish to know that a tribute show marking Tony’s recent retirement from the stage will be staged over in the Wakefield area at Crigglestone WMC on February 24.

Along with top singer Kerrie Leonard, I shall be presenting the show and a star-studded cast of clubland luminaries, as well as many young pupils from Tony’s singing school are all appearing on the night.

The full list of established acts appearing is as follows: Saul, Dave Hill, Ebony Jordan, Alistair Raine, Kerrie Leonard, Mark Ritchie, Caitlen Bailey and Julieanna. Also appearing are many new stars such as Lee Lambert, Laura Ellis, Luke Murgatroyd, Scott Alderson, Scott Howey, Natalie Ann, Josie Nicholls, Olivia Hutchinson, Natalie Mallalieu and Brian Gaughan.

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