Fri 28th March

Sheffield Telegraph - Stocksbridge the Venue for Clapton tribute

Eric Clapton's 63td birthday will be celebrated in Stocksbridge tommorrow night.

Sadly the guitar legend will not be there in person but Mike Hall and Classic Clapton, "the world's number one Eric Clapton tribute band", will be at The Venue in Manchester Road.

It's the latest event at the former Victory Club, which used to be a magnet for local steelworkers. The Venue has been created following a £1.5M investment by the STEP Development Trust and the European Objective One fund and is being run by the Stocksbridge Future Partnership.

It's designed to be not only a community and performing arts hub but also a place to develop education and training opportunities. Since opening at the beginning of the month, it has become part of Stocksbridge life, offering a platform for events ranging from a gala night with Stocksbridge and Deepcar brass bands to an evening with Last of the Summer Wine actor Tom Owen.

Tonight there's a performance by Sheffield semi-acoustic band Badge and on Sunday there's a chance to meet  and hear Antiques Roadshow presenter Eric Knowles.

Saturday's the night to wish Eric all the best (although his birthday is the next day).

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