IT’S a town with its own accent, identity and history.
Chesterfield, Sheffield’s little Derbyshire brother, may not have the allure of a big city but it does have a character all of its own.
That character and some of the lost places and people from the 1980s are conjured up and explored in a new book by native Chesterfielder Neil Anderson.
The ‘Dirty Stop Out’s Guide to 1980s Chesterfield’ is unveiled next week
It’s a book that has already successfully reunited hundreds of old friends and amassed over 2,500 followers on Facebook and it goes on sale this Thursday.
The DSOG to 1980s Chesterfield was originally started because its author, former Manor School and Chesterfield School pupil Neil Anderson, was laid up with a slipped disc and wanted something to fill his time.
Interest in the project quickly snowballed after he launched a Facebook page so people could share photos and memories.
Neil Anderson, now based in Sheffield, said: “I have to thank the thousands of people who have got involved. I was amazed how many places I’d forgotten about and their help has been invaluable! It has been a great project so far and early reactions to the book have been phenomenal.
“Chesterfield was arguably at its most vocal in the 1980s and even claimed its own piece of Top Twenty action in the shape of the Thompson Twins.
“Unemployment might have been sky high, and the Miners’ Strike splitting entire communities, but the town proved we could all rally round for the visit of Charles and Di in 1981.
“Chesterfield landlords might have called time on their weak draft lager at 11pm but there was always the Aquarius or Moulin Rouge to keep you occupied until shutdown time at 2am and the unforgettable tones of Brian The Singing Miner proved true local talent could always shine through without the need for the ‘X Factor’.
“From the first faltering steps on the dance floor of the legendary Grammar Disco it was all downhill via the perilous Adam & Eve; the subterranean Fascination or the infamous Painted Wagon.”
The ‘Dirty Stop Out’s Guide to 1980s Chesterfield’ is available to purchase from The Star shop on York Street, Sheffield, at £12.95.
A 1980s reunion is set to take place at the Winding Wheel on Saturday, September 14, to celebrate the book’s launch and raise funds for Ashgate Hospice. DJs, guests and more are being lined up. Tickets are £7 and available from www.chesterfieldtheatres.co.uk