Local guitar star Hank Lennon has been singing the praises of an under fire social club and its ongoing battle to keep putting on live entertainment.
Hank, aka Glyn Brooks, has been a regular performer on the local scene for a number of years, thrilling audiences with his sensational six string prowess and rocking covers of 1950s and 60s classics.
An old friend of The Falkirk Herald, Hank wanted the newspaper to make it clear to the masses that Carronshore Social Club was definitely not closing its doors and that he was going to be the star turn on Sunday night.
He said: “There was supposedly a strong possibility entertainment on a Sunday night in the lounge was being stopped, but it is carrying on. I told the organisers I would do my best to see if The Falkirk Herald could make it clear the club was open for business.
Hank, known as the “human jukebox”, is no stranger to the Bothkennar Road venue and members and guests never miss one of his gigs.
Social club secretary Yvonne McCreadie said: “When there was a rumour that Sunday night was cancelled there was an uproar. I’ve been bar manager here for three years and we always manage to put on live entertainment on a Sunday night. It’s now a mix of money bingo and live cabaret.
“Although they are open for everyone, Sunday nights are like a reward for our members.”
Yvonne admitted the club does have financial problems, but it is now reducing the debt.
She said: “At this time of year there are always rumours going around that the club is closing down and we always have to reassure members this is not the case.”
The traditional social club scene, immortalised in Peter Kaye’s Phoenix Nights, lends itself to a tight-knit troupe of top turns and joining Hank in the Carronshore Hall of Fame this year are Jay Silvers, Jan Kowalski, Sharon Stevens and two new acts Jay Dee and Jackie Brown.
This Sunday Hank will be plugging in his strat 9 p.m., getting a breather at 10.30 p.m. during the bingo, and then taking things home to 11.30 p.m.