Club Fiesta get together in support of Help for Heroes charity

Peter and Jan Stonehouse with their granddaughter Sophia. Below,  Jan and Peter Stonehouse at Club Fiesta holding the FA Cup when Sunderland triumphed against Leeds in 1973
Peter and Jan Stonehouse with their granddaughter Sophia. Below, Jan and Peter Stonehouse at Club Fiesta holding the FA Cup when Sunderland triumphed against Leeds in 1973

A COUPLE are set to join scores of others to relive the heyday of a popular nightspot which closed in the early 1980s.

Greatham butcher Peter Stonehouse and his wife Jan will be among those letting their hair down at a reunion of former staff and patrons of the much-loved Club Fiesta, which was based in Norton High Street.

The Hartlepool Mail reported on Tuesday that many people from Hartlepool would make the short trip from the town to watch the biggest and best names from the world of showbiz perform at the club.

As well as having had dates with her then husband-to-be at Club Fiesta from being 16, Jan Stonehouse also worked as personal secretary to Jimmy Lipthorpe, who branched out from being a 1950s bandleader with the Jimmy Lipthorpe Swingtet to start running the club with his brother in 1965.

Jan, 62, was Mr Lipthorpe’s secretary from 1972 to 1982 and part of her job included ringing various agents to book big-name acts.

Jan, who is mum to Simon, 42, and grandmother to 18-month-old Sophia, said: “The New Seekers rings a bill.
“We went to a party at Jim’s house and they were there,

“I also remember Tony Christie and The Three Degrees coming.”

Jan added that she also remembered the club having a special night for Sunderland FC players when the team won the FA Cup final against Leeds in 1973 and team members as well as players from Middlesbrough FC were invited.

The club closed in the early 1980s to become Black Cats disco and Jan worked there for a short while before working for a school tour company, then a brush manufacturer and she now works for a home removal firm in Middlesbrough.

The reunion will take place at Marton County Club, in Stokesley Road, Middlesbrough, on November 10 and proceeds will go to forces charity Help For Heroes.

Tickets are £25, which includes a prize draw.

They are available from www.club-fiesta.co.uk, Marton Country Club reception or by calling (0191) 6450750.