Clubs do their bit with charity nights

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Local company K&A Wrestling Promotions is producing an event at Cutsyke WMC, which will raise funds for charity Help For Heroes on Friday March 11 and tickets are currently on sale at the club.

If you fancy a night of ring-side action which will raise funds for the most worthy of causes, I urge all wrestling fans to go along and have a great time.

There is a glam rock night to remember this weekend at Halfpenny Lane WMC in Pontefract. Genre tribute show The Glambassadors will appear at the club on Saturday night and, given the club’s glittering new entertainment policy, I’m sure that the place will be packed to the doors.

Local lass Leanne Dee appears almost in her own backyard this weekend when she takes the stage at Willow Park Club in Pontefract on Saturday night. Leanne is a little belter and I’m she she’ll appreciate the short distance in these days of sky high petrol and diesel prices.

George V Club in Castleford is a club that I don’t hear too much from these days. For that reason only I hope to pop in to the club on March 22 to see the next Wakefield and Pontefract Concert Secretaries’ Federation showcase evening.

Among those appearing are Shirley Ann Scott, Craig Anthony, Si Sonata and Steffi Ackroyd, so why not go along and do some talent spotting too? For those who want to visit the club a little sooner, this weekend might be a good time to pop in and see Normanton singer Olivia Leigh, who appears on Saturday night.

Lively two-girl act Freshly Squeezed should be quite a hit this weekend when they take the stage at Edward VII Club in Allerton Bywater. I predict that this act will make a big impression at this lovely club.

Next Monday March 7 should be a great night at Ladybalk Social Club in Pontefract has a charity show in aid of Leeds Children’s Hospital Heart Fund. Appearing on the night will be clubland favourites Johnny Martell, Jonathan Carroll, Paul Stewart and Funnybones, so don’t be late for a great night out.

The final night of the stage career of Kinsley-born clubland legend Tony Wayne was played out in front of a capacity audience at Crigglestone WMC.

A huge cast of entertainers took the stage on the night and the club was packed with friends and well-wishers. Tony will now concentrate on his career as a singing teacher and it was great to see so many of his pupils, past and present, in the audience and on the stage.

I was particularly grateful to Martin Brown, Kerrie Leonard and Malcolm Jordan for helping in the production of the show. Musicians Colin Dack and Rob Morley were on hand to provide musical backing for the show and a great night was had by all. This was a wonderful way to end the performing career of a true clubland legend, in fact the end of an era.

Finally for this week, Ali Jordan performed her final solo show last weekend when she took the stage at Vickers Street Club in Castleford last Sunday evening. Ali is soon to stop work for a while as she prepares for the birth of her first child.

When Ali does return to the stage it will be as one half of a duo, with her husband Martin. The new collaboration will be known as Pure Class. I know that all their clubland pals will be hoping this happy couple live up to their name.

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