NINE months ago Hatfield’s Breaks Manor Youth Club celebrated its 60th anniversary with a day-long party that ended with a pop concert.
Lots of those attending were former members from the swinging 60s, or the glam 70s and 80s.
And among the party-goers were several musicians who played in one of the many Hatfield bands that performed at the club – often on the same bill as top chart groups like Johnny Kidd & The Pirates, The Tremeloes and Hawkwind.
Head of the centre, Barry Clark, remembers these events fondly and the impressive list of former Breaks members who went on to become international stars, including Donovan, Mick Taylor of the Rolling Stones, Colin Blunstone of The Zombies and Paul Griggs of Guys & Dolls.
They all played gigs at the Breaks; but there were also many other talented members too, but not all of them could make it as a pop star!
So, following the success of the Breaks’ 60th anniversary party, some former members suggested compiling an album of those Hatfield groups to showcase some of the music that the town has produced over the years – making it, in fact, a truly historical record.
Barry said: “The upshot is the limited edition Made In Hatfield album made up of tracks generously donated by ex-members to help raise funds for the youth club.
“Made In Hatfield is a double CD containing 27 songs all written and performed by Hatfield artists, apart from just three cover versions.
“Contributors include Jimmy Knight, Paul Griggs, Gary Evans, Vivid, Speakeasy and 60s Mod band The Favourite Sons.”
The album can be bought direct from the Breaks clubhouse, via email, at firstname.lastname@example.org or you can call 01707 263201.
They are £5 each to collect or £6.50 each to include postage.
Meanwhile, the Breaks continues to nurture local music talent through its Manor Music recording studio, where sound engineer Ellis Weintrob is on hand to help a new generation of musicians and singers.