From humble beginnings, looking up to the likes of John Le Saint and the Lytham Football Club crew. I used to ride my bike on these nights 5 miles, just to press my face against the windows from outside (too young lol) to watch them Dance, Dance, Dance (Steve Wilson especially).
The brother-in-law of Dill [Richard Lang] (Dill - RIP), who ran Kirkham Ambulance Hall every Saturday and my peers such as Pip - RIP, Blakey - RIP, Billy Valentine - RIP etc. This was our Wigan and thanks to the likes of Dill who bought and passed on to his B-I-L everything that was being played @ Wigan. And to the many going to Wigan that night, who would come in for a warm up prior to catching the train, helping us perfect our moves. To Sharron Farrah, the best spinner by far EVER!!!!!
To Bob Blackwood, his Blue Ford Tranny Van and raw, pure undrugged energy, The Welcome Inn and all I met there (eg Rick Ogden)
To Mr M's Balcony and the kindest of folks up there who gave me space as a young pup to realise & dance my dream - to dance in Mr M's.
To the organisers of such venues as The Carousel (I can't count the hours spent in the cafeteria section sat at a table in silence & awe, listening and watching Pete Lawson speak), Bank Hall Miners Club (Little Skinny Gary - amazing dancer), Tony's @ Blackburn (Little Scotty, Sam Moore & Jeanette via Derby) & Parr Hall (to only mention a few) who kept going through those lean years. Organiser #1 for me, though it was many years before I met him - Ady Croadell - and not just for the 100 Club, but for the Cleethorpes Weekenders (a huge task to bring together), and of course for Kent .... but also because he's such a great person & a gent.
Brian Rae, Dave Rimmer, Keith "Grumpy" Minshell, Tim Ashibendie amongst others for teaching me about vinyl.
The Crewe Crew - especially Bob Connor, Dave Elson, Big Babs, Carl & Shiela - & the N.Wales Crew (John & Babs, Bob Schaeffer) that helped me expand my tastes enormously.
Snapper Dave (wish I knew how he is), Ian "Polly" Palmer, 'Old Ian' who's style of dancing around a dancefloor captivated me and put what NS is all about - "heart" & not style, John Mitchell (Mcr) (anyone got an email addy for him pls?), Johnny Pearson and Kegsy, Joe Dunlop, Keith Williams, Pete & Viv who opened up their cramped caravan @ Cleethorpes for me one year, Roger & Bernie, Tony Banks ................ so many good, decent, kind, generous and honourable people (sorry if I forgot to include you).
The DJ's that stuck their neck out, and who remained friendly and approachable!
Everyone that gave me the space to dance - thank you all
But the biggest character for me was Hemel - because he got me into NS.