TC turns back the clock to ’71

Tony Currie with St Luke's nurses Jo Brooks (left) and Marie Smith
Tony Currie with St Luke's nurses Jo Brooks (left) and Marie Smith
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IT was the year that saw Rod Stewart’s Maggie May hit the top of the charts and Sean Connery return to his silver screen role as James Bond in Diamonds Are Forever.

And in the world of sport, a young footballer called Tony Currie was making his mark for Sheffield United at Bramall Lane before going on to play for England.

It was also the year that saw the opening of St Luke’s Hospice in Sheffield – the first facility of its kind outside London. So who better, four decades later, to help St Luke’s celebrate its 40th birthday than football legend Tony, still an ambassador for the team that made him one of the biggest names in 1970s sport.

Tony, known as ‘TC’ to thousands of fans, visited patients and joined staff to promote the Back to 1971 Birthday Party at the Sheffield City Hall Ballroom on Saturday, November 26.

Sheffield United have partnered St Luke’s as part of The Football League’s official Help the Hospices link-up for the 2011/12 season.

“I seem to remember some of us visited the hospice when it first opened and it’s really good to be back again,” Tony said. “The service provided by St Luke’s is extremely important to all the people of Sheffield and the Back to 1971 party is a great way to get involved.”

The event includes a disco and dancers, fairground rides, an ice rink and refreshments. Tickets are £20 – call 0114 2565567.