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Last Northern Event at Brooklands in Barnsley Nov 08


Having had nearly 2 fantastic years, the Northern Soul event at Brooklands Hotel in Barnsley closes its doors on Saturday November 8th...but we go out with a bang. Guest DJs on that final night will be Ginger Taylor and Soul Sam. There seems to be a different story every week as to why we are leaving. To set the record straight there are 2 reasons. A) The hotel would prefer to use the venue to host weddings, of which from a financial point of view I can understand. B) When we first started the event in February 2002 there was the Catholic Club and ourselves operating Northern events (of any kind) in Barnsley. Over the last 18 months Barnsley got Northern Soul fever and in any given month there has been up to 10 different Northern related events appeared in the town! If I point out the obvious that there is a limit to how much an individual can spend on socialising in a month ...fill in the gaps. The result is that Broolands dropped from 250 every month to around 100 and as such made it difficult to maintain Premier Class guest DJs in what is without doubt a superb venue. In fairness it should also be pointed out that on 3 occasions some very high profile DJs didnt turn up on the nights they were booked! That doesnt help when youre taking money off people who come to see these DJs, does it? On to positive things then. It looks like we have got a new, very nice and exciting venue sorted for 2004. More details as and when. Until then, lets look forward to the last night at Brooklands which will be huge. Not only do have we have Ginger and Soul Sam but also, what I believe to be the best residents line up around. Snowy, Derek Pearson, Gary and Derek Greenhoff. It all starts at 8pm, thats 8pm and carries on until....we go home! Finally Id just like to say thanks to all those that have supported the event.....the many guest DJs Ginger, Kev Roberts, Terry Davies, Derek Allen, Kenny Burrell, Tim Brown, Dave Evison the list goes on. If you played thanks....thanks to all the web sites that spread the good word - invaluable. As are the radio shows, so thanks to Kev Roberts and Richard Searling. And finally most importantly the people that turned up every month, thanks very much indeed. Dave Needham Brooklands Hotel, Barnsley Road, Barnsley. 01226 299571. J37 M1

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