I saw Space in April 1998 which was my first gig ever. It was a month before my 15th birthday. I skived off school to go to Boyes to buy 50p knickers with my best mate to throw on stage when they played The Ballad of Tom Jones. There was 6 of us and we got our parents to drop us off at Linthorpe Road McDonald’s very early where we bought a cheeseburger happy meal then walked round to the Town Hall. We were the first to get there! When the doors opened we ran straight to the front, and needless to say our 50p knickers made it onto the stage.
Since then I’ve been in the Town Hall for different things. I was an apprentice with Middlesbrough Council and did my day release there & had NVQ presentations in the Council Chambers. I’ve seen various comedians & bands since including Ocean Colour Scene (with my dad!) He also used to take me to record fayres in the crypt back in the 90s.