Drop in on club night’s reunion blast

Double act: Mark and Steve
Double act: Mark and Steve
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A clash of two Sheffield generations – young punks versus rather more refined ballroom dancers – will be remembered at City Hall this weekend.

The venue, which is currently celebrating its 80th anniversary, will host a one-off return of Drop, the semi-legendary club night which ran there during the 1990s.

But while the weekly night was a hit with everyone from punks to poppers, goths and rockers, it was rather less popular with the ballroom dancers who used the same floor the next day.

“They were not happy about sharing their polished, sprung dance floor with the hundreds that attended our night,” remembers Steve Stevlor who ran the evening with club owner Mark Hobson. “We were accused of wrecking it. It caused quite a schism.

“I was interviewed on Radio Sheffield at the time and said the City Hall was built for the young people of Sheffield to dance in and that was exactly what was happening.”

The argument won out.

But here’s the irony: these days Steve, 49, of Ecclesall, himself spends his Friday nights ballroom dancing.

“I took it up a few years ago,” he says. “I’ve been loving it ever since. I have lessons every Friday. I guess that shows how people change – but I can’t wait to be back at Drop this week.”

The one-off event takes place Friday, 10.30pm - 2.30am. Entry £6.