Star’s ‘thank you’ gig at club set to be a sell-out - but not among regulars

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ONE of Britain’s biggest chart singers playing on your doorstep?

Seen it all before!

Bosses at Conisbrough’s Ivanhoe Club say they are struggling to sell tickets to club members for superstar crooner Tony Christie’s historic show.

It turns out the South Yorkshire-born singer - who topped the charts with Is This The Way To Amarillo - is too familiar for many of the locals who drink in the club on Ivanhoe Road.

But there is no danger of the gig being anything other than a sell out - because the phones at the club have been red hot with non-members from all across South Yorkshire wanting to get into the 250-capacity venue for the show next Wednesday.

Club secretary and treasurer David Steer said: “We’ve had hundreds of inquiries, from people all over South Yorkshire. We’ve been inundated with calls from Sheffield and Doncaster.

“But most of the members here have already seen him so many times in the past. It will be a sell-out, but not necessarily with our club members. Some of our members ask why would they pay £25 for a ticket to see him here when they’ve seen him here in the past for nothing!

“I saw him a couple of times here when he first started. He always used to fill the working men’s clubs because he was a good act.”

Half the takings for the show on March 16 are going to the repair fund for St Peter’s Church in Conisbrough, which was damaged by vandals. The church has a strong family connection for Tony’s family, as his brother Neil Fitzgerald is a church warden there.

The other half is going to the Teenage Cancer Trust, of which the singer is a patron.

The Ivanhoe Club is also expecting to do pretty well out of the night - bosses are expecting takings to be more than three times their usual levels for a Wednesday night.

Tony is performing at the club as a thank-you for being allowed to use it as a venue for a photo shoot for an album sleeve.

And the club was also the venue of his first ever paid gig.