07/10/2013 Inside Out Yorkshire and Lincolnshire


07/10/2013

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

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

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

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hiding his problems and you spoke to him you would think

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

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sometimes forgotten corner of the South Pennines should be celebrated.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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tackle bit hidden problem of depression.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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show the way. Leeds, Wigan, Bradford, Great

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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was initially paralysed after breaking his neck. His physical

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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suicide through the training workshops, the prevention of

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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their political killer —— their political —— their particular

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

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

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

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

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

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

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once played at Sheffield's Fiesta club.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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South Pennines struggled to shake off its industrial past and was

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

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

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

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

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check out how the industrial revolution shake the landscape.

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

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

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

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

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the engineers charged with crossing the deep valleys between the Pennine

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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at Stoodley Pike near Todmorden with someone who believes the South

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Pennines offer something rather unique. There are over 1000 listed

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

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

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settlement, you have the buildings that characterise this area.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Michael Jackson once strutted his stuff just yards away while people

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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was great for the Fiesta because that would have reinforced their

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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liquorice.

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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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