Town’s alternative to a boozy night

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A GREAT night out doesn’t have to be a boozy one.

That’s the message from a South Yorkshire action team as they prepare to launch their first ‘Alternative Night Out’ this evening.

Venues around Barnsley are going dry for the night in a bid to support people battling to overcome drug and alcohol addiction.

The idea was dreamed up by Barnsley DAAT - Drugs and Alcohol team - after they were inundated with complaints from recovering addicts, claiming they had nowhere to go and enjoy a night out without being surrounded by alcohol.

“So many people came forward and said they’d like somewhere they could enjoy a night with friends without the usual messy, drink-fuelled shennaigans,” said project manager Hayley Youell.

It’s being marketed as a ‘healthy alternative to the pub crawl,’ with people invited to take an evening stroll through the town centre to see some artwork, all created by people in recovery from addiction.

Afterwards there will be refreshments at local cafe Viva where people will have chance to meet the artists.

Later the party will move to the Cedar Rooms in the White Bear pub where recovering addicts will share their inspirational stories followed by a night of live music.

Stephen Volaire, aged 46, a recovering alcoholic, will be performing a song he wrote about his battle with addiction, called ‘Between Love and Power.’

The Art Crawl starts at Barnsley Civic anytime between 4pm and 8pm tonight. Those wishing to join in can collect maps directing them to all the stops along the way on the Alternative Night Out.

n For more information, contact Hayley on 07885 900257.