Singer’s supporting role for closure-threatened youth club

Double Six Club
Double Six Club

JON McClure, singer with the Sheffield band Reverend and the Makers, showed his support for a city youth club at risk of closing because of financial problems.

He popped into the Double Six Youth Club in Woodseats, which was established 46 years ago.

Jon, who was alerted on social networking site Twitter by ten-year-old member Libby Hope, said: “They’re great, youth clubs. They give kids something to do when they might otherwise be on a computer or in the park.

“I’ve got mates who play instruments just because they went to youth clubs, so I went to give moral support. Youth clubs are a bit old-school but they give a bit of focus to the community.”

Libby has written to Prime Minister David Cameron as part of widespread efforts to save the club.

Her dad, Phil Hope, said: “I think she was really upset the club may close – she only goes one day a week but loves it.”

Part of the National Association of Youth Clubs, Double Six was opened as a boys’ club in 1966 by singer Frankie Vaughan and accepted girls in the 70s.

After eating into reserves to stay open after sources of grants dried up, it is waiting to hear whether applications to the Children in Need fund and the council’s Community Assembly have been successful.

Youth worker Richard Hay said: “We have still got no funding secured and we won’t know much until the summer.

“We are having to cut back provision from this week and there will be no activity projects during the Easter holidays.”

But he added: “I’ll not let the place close. It’s just not going to happen, even if we have to go with banners on to the town hall steps.”