Category Archives: Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday Peter Stringfellow!

Happy Birthday to Sheffield-born world-renowned nightclub owner, Peter Stringfellow

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Stringfellow was born on the 17th October 1940 in Sheffield where he attended Pye Bank Church of England Primary School before moving onto Sheffield Central Technically College. He worked odd jobs from working at the Wicker Cinema to a trainee waiter in the Merchant Navy for 2 years. He returned to Sheffield in 1962 and began his career as a nightclub owner, managing clubs such as The Black Cat Club, The Blue Moon and King Mojo Club. He continued to open more clubs in Leeds, Manchester, London and even America where he became known as one of the most famous nightclub owners in the world, earning his spot in the Nightclub Hall of Fame. His autobiography was released in 1996 and became a best-seller.

Stringfellow and his family now live in London and Marllorca, where has a boat he’s kept for years.

Happy Birthday to Sheffield-born, Jarvis Cocker!

 

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Born Jarvis Brandson Cocker in 1963, he is most famously known as the front man for the band Pulp. Pulp released three albums to critical acclaim and was seem as a figurehead of the Britpop movement in the mid-1990s. Cocker has also had a successful solo career, releasing his own album, Jarvis, and currently has his own show, Jarvis Cocker’s Sunday Service, on BBC Radio 6.

In 2010, he was named Cultural Ambassador for Eurostar and is also an ambassador for the Edinburgh based charity, Scottish Love in Action.  In 2011, he returned to his alma mater, The City School, in Sheffield to talk about the secret of Pulp’s songs and how their signature style of narrative pop came about.

Happy Birthday Jamie Cook!

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Happy Birthday to Arctic Monkeys’ Guitarist, Jamie Robert Cook! 

Cook was born 8 July 1985 in High Green, Sheffield. He attended Ecclesfield Secondary School in Chapeltown, Sheffield. Originally a neighbour of fellow band member Alex Turner, the legend says that Cook and the other members got instruments as gifts over Christmas and came together to form a band in 2002 and thus began the music career of Cook and his fellow monkeys.

Cook used to join Matt and Andy in backing vocals, but has gradually shied away from singing duties to completely focus as lead guitarist. His towering, monolithic riffs are a key component in the groups’ stew of hard rock and pop elements.

Despite travelling around the world, Cook has maintained residence in the Sheffield area and never forgets his Northern England roots.

Happy Birthday Nick O’Malley!

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Born on the 5th July 1985 in Sheffield, O’Malley was called in as a temporary replacement for bassist Andy Nicholson when he announced he would not make the band’s North American tour in 2006. O’Malley says he learned the whole album in just two days and “pretty much didn’t even leave the house”. He made his first appearance with the band on 25 May when they played a secret gig in East London and his first recording with the band in the single “Leave before the Lights Come On”. Nicholson’s departure from the band saw O’Malley joining the band full-time and joined the band in headlining the Glastonbury Festival in 2007.

The band is currently on tour and taking the music scene by storm, making Sheffield proud to be the home of Arctic Monkeys.

Happy Birthday Matthew Lowton!

Happy Birthday to English footballer Matthew Lowton!

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Born 9th June 1989 in Chesterfield, Lowton joined Sheffield United’s Academy at age 16 after a brief spell with Leeds United. By 2010, he made it to the first team and played regularly for two seasons before moving to Aston Villa for an undisclosed fee.

On 18 August 2012, he made his debut in the Premier League against West Ham United and scored his first league goal the next month in a game against Swansea City. Lowton signed a four year deal in 2013 that keeps him at Aston Villa until summer 2017.

Happy Birthday David Blunkett!

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Born 6th June 1947 at Jessop Hospital Sheffield, Mr Blunkett has been blind since birth and came from an underprivileged family in one of Sheffield’s most deprived district. He was educated at the Royal National College for the Blind in Shrewsbury before gaining a place at the University of Sheffield where he gained a BA honours degree in Political Theory and Institutions. Upon graduation, Blunkett entered local politics and became the youngest ever councillor on Sheffield City Council and in Britain. He served on Sheffield City Council from 1970 – 1988 where he was Leader from 1980 – 1987.

At the 1987 general election, he was elected Member of Parliament for Sheffield Brightside and became a spokesman on local government. After Labour’s victory in the 1997 general election, Blunkett became Secretary of State for Education and Employment – becoming Britain’s first blind cabinet minister. He continued his rise in government in 2001, being promoted to Home Secretary.

Blunkett is a lifelong Sheffield Wednesday Supporter and a visiting lecturer at the University of Sheffield’s Department of Politics.

Speaking following his appointment, Mr Blunkett said: “I’ve always been proud to work with the University that welcomed me as a mature student all those years ago. I hope that this will become a centre of excellence and have a lasting impact on the work of politics and social sciences more broadly.”

Happy Birthday Kyle Walker!

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Kyle Walker is an English footballer who currently plays as a defender for the Tottenham Hotspur and national football team. Born in the Sharrow area of Sheffield on the 28th May 1990, Walker attended Porter Croft Infant & Junior School followed by High Storrs School until 2006.  The England right-back always had a passion of football and joined boyhood club Sheffield United when he was seven; he progressed and became a regular fixture in the reserves by 2008.

Walker made his full debut on 13th January 2009 starting in a third round FA Cup tie against Leyton Orient. He has also played for England, playing the first England game after Euro 2012, and won 2-1 against Italy. On 28th October 2013 it was announced that Walker had signed a new contract with Tottenham, keeping him at the club until 2019.

Happy Birthday Matt Helders

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Matthew Helders is an English musician and DJ, best known as the drummer and lead backing vocals for indie rock band Arctic Monkeys. Born in High Green, Sheffield on the 7th May 1986, Helders went to college in Barnsley with band mate Alex and had A-levels in music technique. The band rose to fame in October 2005 with “I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor”. The following January they released their album Whatever People Say I am, That’s What I’m Not, the fastest selling debut album in British history at the time.

This home grown band has stayed in the Sheffield area, saying ‘we still all Iive in the same place we grew up. It’s probably how we were brought up. We’re never going to move away to London’ and still stick to their roots by insisting on singing in their native Sheffield accent.

Arctic Monkeys recently made Official UK Albums Chart history with their new album ‘AM’. Released by Domino Records it is the band’s fifth consecutive Number One and the first indie-released album to achieve such a feat.

Happy Birthday Michael Palin

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Michael Palin is a famous English comedian, writer, actor and tv presenter most known for being party of the Monty Python comedy group. Born the 5th May 1943 in Broomhill Sheffield, Michael had an interest in acting since young and appeared in his first school performance at just 5 years old. He completed University at Oxford, where he wrote and performed a comedy piece for the first time at a Christmas party.

He gained fame in the same year when he won an acting award at a Co-Op drama festival. After finishing university, he became a presenter on a comedy pop show called Now!, And went on to write comedy for shows such as The Ken Dodd Show and The Illustrated Weekly Hudd. Starting in 1989, Palin appeared as a presenter in a series of BBC travel programs and continued so until 2012.

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Palin has announced his first solo-tour this autumn, based on the soon-to-be published third volume of his diary. “Travelling to Work” will see Palin speak about his career over the last 25 years and include anecdotes, photographs and footage that dates back to nearly 50 years.

Happy Birthday Sean Bean

Happy Birthday to our local Hollywood Star, Sean Bean! Born Shaun Mark Bean in Handsworth, Sheffield on the 17th April 1959, Sean realised his passion for the acting when he enrolled in a drama course at Rotherham College. He then went on to receiving a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and made his acting debut as Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet at the Watermill Theatre in Newbury. Our Hollywood star has appeared in over 30 films and in 2013 was named best actor at the Royal Television Society awards for his role in Accused. He is most famous for his role as Boromir in Lord of the Rings which has achieved world-wide fame.

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The Mighty Bean (has termed by his fans) has been a fan of Sheffield United since a young age and was on their board of directors between 2002 and 2007 after making a six figure contribution to help raise the profile of the club, he even has a tattoo on his upper left arm saying 100% Blades. In 2013, He also paid a visit to the Broomhill Friery to serve fish and chips at his family owned chip shop.

“I try to get back to Sheffield as I often as I can. I like to get back; it´s healthy and good for the mind. This city raised me and I´m very proud of that. It´s a cliché, but true, it´s keeps your feet on the ground.” – Sean Bean..