IT’S the series that’s had all of Sheffield talking.
Or, at least, it’s had the odd Star reader writing in to say they recognise themselves in the odd picture.
But now Midweek’s Retro’s weekly A-Z of hobbies enjoyed in our region comes to an end with a two-letter special: Y and Z.
Y IS FOR YOUTH CLUBBING
Reclaimed pool table (with a mandatory slight slope)? Second-hand DJ-ing decks that would have been considered outdated when The Troggs were hip? A couple of rough lads outside smoking cigarettes?
Ah, welcome to your average English youth club.
When you’re a teenager (or younger), life doesn’t get much better than a night at one of these. With friends, music, games and a tuck shop usually all available, it’s better than knocking around the street corners when the rain starts. Plus, come summer, there’s generally a trip to the go-carts or two.
So it’s no wonder that, as these pictures pulled especially from The Star archive prove, they’ve always been popular. There are more than 40 such groups in the city attended by thousands of youngsters - from Chapeltown 230 Club for 13-19-year-olds to Impact Kids Club, for 5-11-year-olds, in Meadowhead.
“Young people love youth clubs today as much as they ever have done,” says Emma Taylor, spokeswoman for Sheffield Futures which helps run the vast majority of such groups in the city. They like the informality of them but also the fact they’re a safe environment.
“Clubs provide activities and trips away which young people might not necessarily have access to otherwise. And there’s also an element of support there. Youth club leaders can point young people in the direction of support and services should they be needed.”
And that just leaves...
Z IS FOR CATCHING SOME Zzzzz
It’s one hobby - along with eating and drinking, perhaps - we all partake in.
Sleeping. Getting some shut eye. Enjoying 40 winks. Taking a nap.
Few pleasures in life are so enjoyable, nor so open to us all, as going to sleep.
“It’s one of the best things you can do for free,” says James Wilson, a sleep practitioner and director of Rotherham’s We Love Sleep store in Magna Way. “Sleeping is one of four things we need as human beings - along with water, food and air.
“Recharging your batteries, and switching off from the world is just a lovely feeling. There’s The Drop isn’t there? That’s the moment when you’re just on the cusp of sleep and your brain is shutting down. It’s wonderful.”
Very true. Good night.