South Yorkshire Times, September 5.
Some ‘pop groups’ are ‘half timers’
“Pop groups – make yourself popular” – urges Denaby Tom Hill youth leader Mr John Smith, who this week attached the “unfair” attitude of local groups, whom, he claims, aren’t giving value for money.
Mr Smith’s club, the new Tom Hill youth centre, employs pop groups on alternate weeks during their winter to play at dances, but Mr Smith complains that many of these groups are played for less than half the length of the 3 1/2 hour dances.
He told the “South Yorkshire Times” on Monday, “I feel that it is essentially unfair for these youngsters to be paid £10 for their evening’s services, and then actually play for only an hour and a half of the 3 1/2 hour dance.
“They are playing for half an hour, then taking half an hour of, and so,” he added. “This means we have to have records to fill in the rest of the time and this just isn’t right – if you hire a group you expect them to provide the majority of the music,” he declared.
Mr Smith said that he had complained to the groups themselves.
“On one occasion, the leader of a group suggested that we should hire to groups and double our expenses, but this isn’t the point,” he said. “There are no money trees in Denaby, and we can go putting up our admission prices from half a crown to 5 shillings.”
The minimum charge for a decent group is £8 an evening – and that is the cost of a cheap one, says Mr Smith, who expects to receive value in return for his member’s hard earned cash.
He added, “I believe that if the question is put to the groups and their managers fairly, some of these people will realise they are “pushing it,” a bit. I might add that we have invariably provided these groups with refreshments during the evening.”
Mr Smith intends to press his case further during the coming season and will point out to the groups will play at Tom Hill just what is expected of them.
He also considered that there are other people in the area who should help him in his fight for “fair play” by lending their support.
Mr Smith finally threw down the gauntlet with his challenge – “Come on pop groups – what about making yourself popular.”