God’s own fire station...

Lord Mayor of Sheffield Sidney Irwin Dyson before the opening of the Fiesta club, 1970
Lord Mayor of Sheffield Sidney Irwin Dyson before the opening of the Fiesta club, 1970
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AS a place of worship, of course, there’s no doubt Sheffield Cathedral - featured in today’s main Retro feature - is a magnificent place.

But during its long history, it’s been far more than just a place to communicate with God.

These days there are regular concerts and comedy clubs there - but in the 18th century, it also acted as the city fire station.

Back then Sheffield did not have a proper fire service so buckets and other equipment were kept in the Cathedral grounds in case of a blaze anywhere in the city.

IT might have happened nearly 150 years ago but there’s certainly been no lack of interest in last week’s Retro piece about the Great Sheffield Flood.

Now the authors of a new fiction set against the backdrop of the tragedy, in which 240 people perished, are to hold a book signing.

Flood Water writers Maggie Lett and Geoff Rowe will be chatting history during the session at Waterstone’s, in Orchard Square, city centre, on July 23, 2pm.

AND from a book signing to book research.

City author Neil Anderson is researching a history of Sheffield’s legendary Fiesta nightclub.

Giant name after giant name, including The Jackson 5, The Beach Boys and Stevie Wonder, all played the legendary Arundel Gate venue.

It opened in 1970 and closed in the 1980s.

This picture, found during the research, shows the city’s then Lord Mayor Sidney Irwin Dyson looking around the club with owner Keith Lipthorpe shortly before its opening.

“I want to speak to anyone who regularly attended, performed or has pictures,” says Neil. He can be contacted at neil@allcreditmedia.com