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Alvin Stardust to play village hall gig

PUBLISHED: 11:00 14 January 2010 | UPDATED: 15:15 14 July 2010

A younger Alvin Stardust.

A younger Alvin Stardust.

Adam Gretton

He is the self-dubbed Godfather of British rock 'n' roll who was at the top of the music charts for more than 20 years.

But a music legend, who is used to rocking out in front of audiences of thousands of people at concert halls, theatres and cinemas across the world, is set to grace a Norfolk village hall next month.

He is the self-dubbed Godfather of British rock 'n' roll who was at the top of the music charts for more than 20 years.

But a music legend, who is used to rocking out in front of audiences of thousands of people at concert halls, theatres and cinemas across the world, is set to grace a Norfolk village hall next month.

Organisers of a 1950s rock 'n' roll club night spoke of their delight yesterday after booking Alvin Stardust for a one-off performance at Wreningham Village Hall.

The rock 'n' roll legend, who was famed for his big sideburns, black gloves and leather jacket in the 70s, is set to take to the stage in front of a capacity 300 crowd at the venue near Wymondham.

The gig marks a major coup for the Starfighter Club that came about after officials appealed for new sponsors and financial backers.

The rock 'n' roll star, who burst onto the music scene in the early 1960s as the lead singer of Shane Fenton and The Fentones, reinvented himself as Alvin Stardust in the 1970s and had a string of top 40 UK hits including My Coo-Ca-Choo, Jealous Mind, and Red Dress.

'Rockin' Roland Purdy, DJ and founder of the Starfigher Club, which moved from the former cattle market site in Norwich to Wreningham four years ago, said he was amazed to get a call from the 67-year-old after being put in touch with Stardust's former agent.

“I was looking for a sponsor for the club and someone to help us keep afloat and I got an answer phone message that Alvin Stardust wanted to perform. I couldn't believe it,” he said.

The booking for Saturday, February 6, came after Stardust, who already has more than 40 concerts lined-up in 2010, cancelled some dates in Dubai.

The club, which was formed six years ago, has welcomed big names from the US and UK rock 'n' roll scene over the years, including John Leyton, Ray Campi, and Charlie Gracie.

Mr Purdy said he was “ecstatic” that Alvin, who was one of the early pioneers of British rock 'n' roll, was coming to the village hall to celebrate 50 years of the music genre.

“Artists like that do not do small venues. We are one of the top 50 rock 'n' Roll clubs in the country and get people coming from as far as Kent, Essex and Lincolnshire, but we think this will generate even more interest.

“It is quite a step back for him really, but we are extremely grateful for it. He says he wants to give something back to the rock 'n' roll scene and play in front of a hall where people can dance and he can circulate around the room,” he said.

The artist, who has performed in musicals such as David Copperfield, The Butlin Story, and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, in recent years is set to perform a 90 minute set from 8pm on February 6.

Tickets are still available and are £10 per person. Contact Roland on 01603 812637 or Tonya on 01508 494735

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