07/10/2013 Inside Out Yorkshire and Lincolnshire


The rugby league players suffering from hidden health problems. The often forgotten beauty spots in the south Pennines. And a tribute to one of the region's original super clubs.

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are in Marsden, in the heart of the Pennines. Tonight we meet the rugby


league players tackling the hidden problem of depression. How the world


of sport is helping more than men to open up. Terry was very good at


hiding his problems and you spoke to him you would think


nothing was wrong. Also tonight, a hidden gem. Why this


sometimes forgotten corner of the South Pennines should be celebrated.


And the original super club. Why huge stars wanted to play at


Sheffield's Fiesta club. It was the nearest thing to playing Las Vegas.


This weekend has seen the climax of rugby's Super League but away from


the glamour of the grand final, this tough sport has taken on a tough


task, tackling high suicide rates in northern men. We sent George Riley


on a journey to find out if sportspeople can help others to


tackle bit hidden problem of depression.


It got bad. It got to the point where I decided I did not want to be


here. Daniel had made so many plans. It is the darker side of sport. And


of life in the North. For so long it was hidden away, unspoken of.


Suicide is by far the biggest killer of young men. It has become a


talking point in rugby league, but even more so in our towns and


cities. I am going across the North to try to find out why we are being


league can show the way in offending suicide. —— weather rugby league can


show the way. Leeds, Wigan, Bradford, Great


Britain. Terry Newton was a massive name in rugby. What happened to him


three years ago shook the sporting world. I got a phone call off Brian


Carney, also good mates with Terri, and he said, I do not know for


definite but I think there has been a terrible incident. I think Terry


has hung himself. Terry Newton have been banned from rugby after taking


a growth hormone. But still not even his best friends had any idea. He


was very good at hiding his problems and feelings. If you spoke to him


you would think nothing was wrong. We were all devastated. Rugby had to


change and tackle mental health Rob 's head—on. —— problems head on.


Bishop Burton College, wasteful Hull FC's Academy. This could be the most


important piece of training they get. A talk from the charity State


of Mind. The focus for us is if you can get people to be mentally fit,


deal with the ups and downs of life, you may not feel overwhelmed


in those situations where you feel there is no other way out. Phil is


an NHS practitioner. Jimmy Gittins is a former recessional player, who


was initially paralysed after breaking his neck. His physical


injury led to a psychological battle. What I had been given as a


prospect of life I did not want. I don't suppose anyone would. I asked


my brother to put a pillow over my face. Clearly, my situation was


quite horrendous. I would not wish it on my worst enemy. But at the end


of the day it is the card I have been dealt and I have to get on with


it. But even without an horrific injury, professional sport brings


huge stress. Many suffer depression. There were times I felt low and I


did not realise it was the stress of the job and the depression I got


into. We live in a match, tough game and it is almost to be to feel


weakness, physically and emotionally. When we first began, we


noticed that the suicide rate in all rugby league areas was higher than


the national average. Do we have a bigger problem with suicides than we


do in other areas of the UK? If you draw a line across the country below


Sheffield you do find a higher rate above that line. It is 20% higher


than in London. There is a number of reasons. What are the factors? I


have come to the North East, where there is a higher rate in suicide


among men than in other parts of the UK. I am meeting a mother who


overnight became an expert. Daniel was 20, he was very popular. We went


shopping one day and left Daniel at home. We returned home that day and


found him and he had taken his own life. He was just an ordinary, happy


young man. Sometimes he would be down in the dumps, but nothing that


you would think that he was suicidal. I think that day will stay


with us forever. There are some days it is easier to manage than others,


but fundamentally, it destroys who you are and your outlook on life.


Daniel never spoke about his feelings so his family set up a


charity to break Peter blew off talking about suicide. If U Care


Share Foundation. The charity has three aims, the prevention of


suicide through the training workshops, the prevention of


suicide, and helping people touched by suicide. Unfortunately, the


numbers that we are supporting increase and although we are only a


small organisation we will hit the 200 mark this week of people touched


by suicide. Why do you think there is such a high number in this area?


A lot of people say it is because the employment rate and men's roles


are changing but persistently the reason why we have a problem is it


is still one of those real men do not cry or show their emotions. It


is seen as a weakness to talk about your emotions. There is this culture


of men together doing very physical jobs and I think we are still seeing


the repercussion of that. Because in areas like this, the rugby league


town of Gateshead, those jobs have gone. None has had depression for


more than 50 years. —— Ronnie has had depression. My head was in such


a state I just wanted to stop it. I took an overdose. I understand that


you have discovered the best way to deal with it is by speaking about


it. I am not shy to tell anyone I have tried to commit suicide. I


believe you need to get it out of your system. How honest are you with


your nearest Audie Rees? If you want to be on your own for a day, do you


tell them the truth or make up an excuse? —— how honest you with your


nearest and dearest? excuse. He was so open to talk to me


but when it came to opening up to his family you found himself making


excuses. It is August, Game 25 of the Super League season. State of


Mind is targeting a number of high—profile games to attack high


suicide rates in the North. His campaign has been recognised by all


sorts of famous people, on Twitter. It breaks so many boundaries now. My


father used to sit at the side of my bed and say, "Penny for 'em". He


knew what I was thinking. He just needed to get it out. One of the


particular games at that weekend, a person came up to us and talk about


their political killer —— their political —— their particular


circumstance. They said, I was contemplating taking my own life


tonight and I do not think I will do that. —— they were talking about


their particular circumstance. If you have any comment on that story


all know and love the story you would like is to cover, get in


touch. —— another story. Coming up, the top


venue for the stars of the 1960s. We reminisced about the huge names that


once played at Sheffield's Fiesta club.


We all know how great this Pennine landscape is but isn't it about time


the rest of the country did, too? Be South Pennines, which straddle


Yorkshire and Lancashire, have never been designated a national park or


an area of outstanding national beauty. —— natural beauty. We sent


our reporter to find out why. We rightly celebrate our national


parks as areas of beauty and splendour. They are the places that


really do make Britain great. But the South Pennines, which inspired


the Brontes and Ted Hughes, seems to have been forgotten. So I am going


to take a journey across the rugged landscape to see why many people are


saying we need to look at this part of the North with a fresh pair of


eyes. The South Pennines stretches from Skipton in the north to Oldham


in the south and takes in the wild moors of East Lancashire and deep


valleys around Huddersfield. It is certainly a huge and diverse part of


the country and it is one that people are really passionate about.


Eagle feel that as soon as they get on a pony and riding out, and you


are in this wonderful landscape, you forget everything else. All your


worries disappear. For her —— from her farm high above Rossendale,


Chris runs a pony trekking business, using betrayals that were once the


lifeblood of the land. It is a beautiful landscape but it also has


a sense of ruggedness and hardship. It cannot be easy working here. It


is a hard landscape to work in but the fact that it is a real


landscape, a working landscape, is part of the attraction. You do not


feel you were going somewhere that is reserved. You feel it is actually


still a work in progress. Today we take our national parks for granted


but it is not that long ago that the idea of setting up the areas for the


masses to enjoy it was new. In the 1930s this film was shown in cinemas


to make the case that the countryside is for everyone, not


just the landed gentry. It when the walls, live in Britain was changing


fast and people needed a break from their hectic lives. How different


are the fresh, clean air coming across the hills and Dales and the


lakes offering their havens of peace. But this was heady, even


dangerous stuff. The very thought of letting people like me lose in the


countryside. In the late 1940s when the new national parks were being


considered, the South, all industrial Pennines as it was known


then, was on the short list. But back then this will still the engine


room of the Empire and the factories were belching monsters. What didn't


come from here came from Manchester and Bernie and Liverpool. The air


here was black with soot and sulphur. The rivers ran different


colours according to the die from dyestuffs that were being turned out


of the local mills. Looking back on it, it was pretty disgusting. The


South Pennines struggled to shake off its industrial past and was


never selected to be a national park. But the area is much cleaner


now. Moves are now taking place to acknowledge the area as a park with


its industrial heritage at the forefront. Hello. I am poor. Nice to


meet you. I am looking forward to this. I am taking to the railways to


check out how the industrial revolution shake the landscape.


Later on they had the early horse—drawn railways which were all


developed around taking minerals to the new development works. By the


time steam arrived things have moved on, leaving us with industrial


relics. 150 years ago, this rail line through up huge challenges to


the engineers charged with crossing the deep valleys between the Pennine


hills. The line races over 100 feet in not many miles. It was a marvel


of the Victorian age, leaving us with the Penistone Viaduct and its


many arches. It is beautiful. We see it as beautiful now. I do not know


whether they would have seen it as beautiful then but people came from


miles. Even today this is great. 150 years old. But the railways and


their spectacular viaducts aren't the only defining legacy of the


industrial age. There are others which many feel are equal in their


grandeur. I have never been in a canal tunnel before. This is the


Standedge Tunnel at Marsden. It's more than three miles long, runs


right under the Pennines and is the longest and highest canal tunnel in


the UK. There is a great story about how they built this. The dog from


each side and they missed each other by 30 odd feet, which is not very


far in over three miles, can you imagine? It may be more than 200


years old, but it has plenty of modern—day devotees like tour guide


Michaela Morton. I felt really uplifted. It is a bit like going to


a cathedral or an iconic feature in the world. Visually I find it very


appealing. I love the smell. To think of all the people who worked


here, not just building the tunnel, but also the people who worked on


last tunnel, in order for it to function. Because it is hidden


underground and it is a bit of a hidden gem, that makes it more


special. You feel quite honoured to be part of it. Of course there is


one thing that defines the Pennines, and has shaped the very landscape


itself, and that's water. There's no denying that when it rains you feel


every drop. The rain is getting more significant. I'm ending my journey


at Stoodley Pike near Todmorden with someone who believes the South


Pennines offer something rather unique. There are over 1000 listed


buildings. They are down in the valleys, it gives you an indication


of how people have lived here and earned their living. That


settlement, you have the buildings that characterise this area.


Chapels, a textile mill. Those windows upstairs were built those


workshops. Just as we come valley, we are beginning to see the


characteristic building types that make this place, landscape. Even in


the rain, it makes me happy to be here. It has some power. So, what


now for the South Pennines? And is it possible to unite Lancashire and


Yorkshire under one banner? What we want to do is be recognised as a


landscape that is as important as the Cotswolds or any other part of


the country, and the people in the Cotswolds do not feel they have lost


an identity, because that is a part of the world people instinctively


know. Neither will people lose identity. If we were to rally around


that idea of a regional Park in the south Pennines. You might argue,


what's in a title? Does it matter what we call a place as long as we


celebrate it? Well, I for one think the South Pennines, with whatever


tag we eventually give it, should be shouted about from every hilltop.


If you want to see the world's top acts on stage it could set you back


hundreds of pounds for a ticket these days. And you'd have to cram


into a soulless arena or a soggy field with thousands of others. But


back in the late Sixties you could see them close up as Las Vegas came


to the North of England. It was the back end of the swinging


Sixties. Michael Jackson, the Beach Boys, Stevie Wonder and Roy Orbison


were just a few of the stellar names who flocked to play here in


Sheffield and here in Stockton—on—Tees. It was the nearest


thing to playing Vegas. This man turned down Frank Sinatra because he


wanted too much money. I want to know how he opened the Fiesta and


turned it into the biggest nightclub in Europe. Back in his prime, Keith


Lipthorpe and his late brother Jim toured with their band, and their


experiences on the road inspired them to want more for audiences and


artists alike. I'm on my way to where it all started, Stockton.


Robert Mundy used to play in Roy Orbison's band. The superstar


recorded a live album at the Stockton Fiesta club and would play


there for weeks at a time. We were going there with Roy, a world star.


He mostly stayed at the hotel. We did not go out much. We went down to


the beach and took him along they are, which was truly unusual, he had


never been to a northern beach. I think when people saw him they


thought, it was not truly Roy Orbison, it was an impersonator. ——


not really Roy Club Fiesta today. It's now a


church. Once the North East's music fans came here to worship the stars.


And the man who started it all has made a nostalgic trip back to tell


me all about it. I decided I wanted to run a business of my own. I


thought about second—hand cars or possibly a nightclub, so I tossed a


coin and it came down on the nightclub said, luckily. Ireland is


that quite a lot of the places I went to, there was no atmosphere ——


I realised. The Fiesta experience wouldn't have been complete without


the fawns, the glamorous hostesses who served the punters their food


and drink. Sandy Whyte was a fawn and she never knew just what a night


at work would bring. There were some weird and wonderful things went on


in those days. There was a lion and a leopard. I took the lead bird on


the stage. It ripped the dressing room carpet —— the Leopard. That was


my life. Even the biggest stars did not always match up to their


billing. Morecambe and Wise wanted £7,500 for two nights. They were


wonderful on television, I would not say they died a death. The best act


was Roy Orbison. At least 80 evenings. He has called and still


did a wonderful show. The Lipthorpes planned to expand their empire


beyond Stockton. Five years later, the Sheffield Fiesta opened. It was


lavish, costing £500,000. There was to be a casino, a staff of 50, a


resident band, and even an in—house newspaper. No more cabaret.


Nowadays, here all the stars are all on screen. In Sheffield, this is


what's left of the Fiesta club. Sat here, it's difficult to imagine that


Michael Jackson once strutted his stuff just yards away while people


ate chicken in a basket. But this is what it looked like in here all


those years ago. At its height, the club's ambitions knew no bounds.


They wanted the biggest stars in the world. And they didn't come any


bigger than the King himself. Todd Slaughter's been the president of


the Elvis Fan Club of Great Britain since 1967. This footage shows him


meeting his hero just before his final concert in the early '70s.


Todd tried to persuade Presley to play at the Sheffield Fiesta. Not


only did the Fiesta want others to come to Britain, the record company


millions of copies, but they knew if he touched our soil that would


become 30 million. We know then there would have been a fabulous


campaign to get the show 's televised and filmed or whatever. It


was great for the Fiesta because that would have reinforced their


brand around the world. Todd met Elvis's manager and father to


discuss the Fiesta's offer. But it was never to be. Presley died weeks


after this film was shot, having never set foot on British soil. For


a young aspiring local singer, playing at the Fiesta was the


pinnacle of his ambitions. I used to drive by the Fiesta and I used to


see these big lights and I used to think, one day. I hope that I can


play there. I thought that was it. Like the Palladium for me. Every


week there was a world—famous act on their, from Tommy Cooper to the


Beach Boys to the four tops. Ella Fitzgerald. Tony Christie as well.


He recorded a live album there. He said, we should record this because


it is part of your history. This earned me enough money to buy my


first house. This is what I carried round the club for five years. Pat


Bennett was a Fiesta fawn in Sheffield. 20 drinks on here. I


worked six nights a week. I went in on the seventh as a customer. I


lived and believed it until it closed down. Many couples got


together with their husbands and wives at the Fiesta club, not to


mention other people's. Pat Bennett met Patrick Wainwright while he was


a doorman there, but it wasn't until 35 years later they actually got


together. We had a mutual attraction that we could not get off the ground


at the time. Wrong place, wrong time. It was something I never


forgot. By the time we got back in touch, we had both been single for


six years, so we seem to find each other at the right time. But in


Sheffield, all was not well. After six glorious years, the financial


backers had their say. If that wasn't bad enough, the staff went on


strike too. I said, I cannot let the owners down, it is sold out. I


crossed the picket line and did my concert. Of course, all empires


crumble and the Fiesta was no different. Gambling laws, financial


demands of the stars and the economic climate meant the club was


no longer viable. After 11 years, the sums didn't add up and Keith


parted company with the Club Fiesta. He went back to accountancy. Partly


because the cabaret cost were so high. In the 11 years I was in the


business, we all may had about two dozen nights when we were


chock—a—block. We had losses of £87,000 at one point. For a while


the Stockton Fiesta staged the world darts tournament. The clubs limped


on for a few more years but cabaret had had its day. It must have been


great while it lasted. That is all for tonight. Join us


next week. A food writer investigates whether the food we buy


is what it says on the tin. We look at whether best before dates are


causing waste. And we travel to the liquor capital of England. ——




Toby Foster presents the stories that matter in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire. This week, Chris Jackson meets the Rugby League players suffering with a hidden health problem, Paul Rose travels round the often forgotten beauty spots of the South Pennines and Toby Foster remembers one of the North's original super clubs.

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