Good Times: Jiving Jeff’s joy at nine years’ service

Next month Jiving Jeff Greenwood and his colleague Sylvia Rowing will be celebrating nine years of organising the Lightcliffe Club’s Record Hops on the last Friday of each month.

Tomorrow evening (Friday) from 7.30pm they will be running this month’s hop and then in March they will have top rock ‘n roll band The Sideliners from Robin Hood country in north Nottinghamshire appearing to celebrate with them.

Jeff books a band four times a year for the membership, which approaches 100, and they travel in from Oldham to Wakefield.

Jeff said: “They are a good, loyal bunch who appreciate the organisation that goes into the 11 nights - December being left out with folk having so much on their plates.

“The memberships love their rock ‘n roll, jive and stroller’s music, and Sylvia and I love providing it for them.

“We have a young couple who have recently won a jive competition at the Butlins Holiday camp at Pakefield, near Lowestoft, and they are good.

There are no exhibitionists among the dancers, however, they all just dance and enjoy themselves.

Dave Roberts, the managing director of International Sports Ltd of Sowerby Bridge, comes along to let his hair down after a busy time working on the numbering and lettering of the England soccer shirts, those of other nations and clubs, and in November he did the touring New Zealand Rugby League team.

“We also hold charity evenings and its a lovely feeling when we hand over the cheque the following month to the recipients.

“I must say the Lightcliffe Club steward and his staff are very helpful and the committee allow us to have the room for a small hire fee.”

You can also catch Jeff turning the tables at the Commercial and Railway pub on the first Sunday afternoon of every month.

On Friday evening at The Barge they have The Pretend Beatles, followed on Saturday evening by Recycled.

On Sunday night Neil Wilde’s Boogie Band will be on stage.

At Jeremy’s on Friday night they have live music from The Roosters, then on Saturday night rock band Nine Lives will be performing.

The Sunday afternoon acoustic comes from Gary Middleton.

The Holiday Inn, Brighouse, has a great offer that won’t break the bank for Mother’s Day on March 6, a three course Lunch for £13.95. You can enjoy a wide selection of starters, traditional Sunday roast with all the trimmings and a variety of desserts.

For children aged from six to 12 it costs £6.95 and children under the age of six eat free. There is a free gift for all mums and a kids corner with activities. They have two sittings, one at 12.30pm and one at 2.30pm.

I must say how sad my entire family was to see the death announced in the Echo last week of former Rastrick Bowling and Social Club steward Wallace Tosh.

The Scotsman was a sincere gentleman and couldn’t do enough for you. When they left the club they settled for a time in the sheltered housing at Chapel Croft and we would see them from time to time shopping in town.

I will never forget how Wallace and his equally nice wife Ann helped my dad and his committee put on the George Mulhall Testimonial Dinner there.