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RoyH (Burl) Birtley Folk Club to close (29) RE: Birtley Folk Club to close 24 Nov 14


I have too often had to write a regretful note in a thread announcing the passing of an individual from our folk world, but how to write about an obit on a club? No entry in my gig diary was looked forward to more than a visit to Birtley. To me it was all that a folk club should be, and it was my joy to sing there many times.
Early in my pro singing career, so early I was still trying to play the guitar, I was offered a booking there. I can still remember the feeling I had then, that if a famous club like Birtley would book me I must be making some progress. The gig went well and I continued to be a guest there over the years,loving to be sharing the evening with all the Elliotts, Jock Purdon and friends.
Alas, nothing lasts forever, and so we reach the sad news of the closing of the club. I respect Brian and Doreen's decision that the time had come to bring down the curtain, and thank them and the rest of the family for keeping it going for so long. Goodbye Birtley Folk Club, and thanks for the memories. ROY.


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