Sheffield’s ‘King of Clubs’ has put his success down to living in the ‘real world’ and declared his time at school ‘a load of rubbish’.
But Peter Stringfellow was happy to go back to school as special guest at Sheffield’s Leopold Hotel – which used to be the Central Technical School.
And Stringfellow wasn’t the only celebrity to attend the school on Leopold Street – legendary Crookes-born blues singer Joe Cocker was also a pupil.
Both Sheffield celebrities were fresh faced cheeky schoolboys when their old class pictures were unveiled by the flamboyant nightclub owner at the hotel.
It was a trip down memory lane for Stringfellow as he entertained other former pupils with humorous anecdotes from his time in showbusiness. Despite an illustrious career in the music and entertainment industry, Peter told the 80 guests that his time at school was a struggle due to dyslexia.
“Because of the dyslexia, I didn’t really enjoy school, it was a load of rubbish,” he said.
“In the end I ended up missing most Monday mornings which meant I hardly went to French.
“But because of the dyslexia I ended up failing English but somehow I passed French!”
He added: “I wasn’t clever in the slightest but hard work and learning valuable lesson when you’re in the real world helped me to what I am today.
“I quickly realised that I had more about me than most of these other lads who went to posh schools and universities.
“Richard Branson wasn’t the cleverest lad either and he’s done okay.”
The 75-year-old had many tales to tell and name dropped famous stars recalling how he booked the Beatles and The Rolling Stones at Sheffield City Hall. Stringfellow revealed he only met music star Cocker after he left school.
“I’d love to say that I discovered Joe’s talents, but I’m afraid it’s a load of rubbish,” he told former pals and fans.
“Like for a lot of these guys, it was a tough school and they pushed you hard. It wasn’t until I left school that I realised it was a fantastic education.
“Being dyslexic like I was, I ended up in the bottom of the most bottom class!
“The building itself is really weird because even though it’s a hotel now, it still has a lot of the original features.
“I was only at the headmaster’s office once but even now I still get that fear!
“But of course next door was the girls’ grammar school and we weren’t even allowed to look at it!
“If that’s not ironic now then I don’t know what is.”