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Power FM Online - John Sharples
JOHN SHARPLESPower FM Online - John Sharples+ JOHN SHARPLES John Sharples was hatched from a strange looking egg in 1963 in Preston in Lancashire.He started in Entertainment as a child, it was in his blood as his grandfather was Bernard Youens who played Stan Ogden in Coronation Street.He appeared in touring charity shows and became the youngest ever Pontin´s Bluecoat at the age of 15.He has been a Ventriloquist, Children's Magician, Singer, Fire-eater, and much more.During his time at Pontin's he became Entertainment Manager and was awarded Entertainment Manager of the year, and Top Show of the year.When he was 20 he broke the world record for non stop disco dancing by dancing for 15 days 11 hours.A year later he broke his own record, by another 5 hours!The record stayed in the Guinness book for 7 years!He has been invited onto various Radio and TV shows over the years as a result of the World Record attempt, which he actually broke live on radio 2 during the David Jacobs show.Thanks to the record attempt he was able to meet one of his comedy idols, Kenneth Williams."He actually spoke to me," says John.
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THE MAJESTIC | JOHN SHARPLES | BARRY PUGH | FAN PAGE | SHOP John Sharples had no interest in drag acts. He didn't feel that any talent was needed to dress up as a woman and mime to someone else. He didn't like the live acts either as he felt that they were hiding behing the makeup. He couldn't see why a man would dress up as a woman and then sing like a man. John was transfixed. John was Entertainment Manager at Pontin's in Southport. He decided to run a whole night in the Adult bar without the live band or any Cabaret. It was a risk for the Camp because they had always had a live band in the Ainsdale Bar. People who came to the holiday amps weren't fans of change. John takes over the story, "I had an idea in my mind that was based around the "Noel's house party" TV show. John and Barry are currently preparing for their One-Off Shows in Germany and preparing TEN more new numbers to be seen only in the Majestic.
THE MAJESTIC | JOHN SHARPLES | BARRY PUGH | FAN PAGE | SHOP
Whilst at high school, Barry had two ambitions. He either wanted to be a food and beverage purser at sea or to go into Drama. However, when he was offered a two week work experience programme at a 5 star hotel in Liverpool, he jumped at the chance. After 2 weeks he was given a part-time job which rapidly became full-time, learning all aspects of the hotel trade and mingling with many celebrities like Cilla Black, Joan Collins and Danny Minogue, to name just a few. He served them all! He started an NVQ level 2 in hospitality and catering at the same time as completing his GCSE's. By the time he was 17 he had almost completed the NVQ course. He was offered a supervisory role at the Alton Towers hotel to take his NVQ up to level 3 Management, which he thought would look great on his C.V. So he jumped at the chance - he left the Woolton Redbourne Hotel and the celebrity's behind after 2 years. He worked in the magical Alton towers hotel for 11 months completing his NVQ 3 and absorbing the magical entertainment that makes the place so amazing. The lack of out of season trade, instigated a move back to Liverpool. He began working with saga holidays. He was Second chef and he gained further experience whilst sailing up and down the river Rhine & Mosel. Once again, when the season came to an end, he found himself back in Liverpool. He worked for 2 years as a head chef for a very busy outside caterers working sometimes 35 hours continually!!! - Running and managing functions for up to 800 people at any one time.
Again, John Sharples, aged 5 and a half years, opened his eyes.
Yes, he could hear the soft sound of his brother breathing in the bed opposite but this really wasn't their usual sleeping place. THE MAJESTIC | JOHN SHARPLES | BARRY PUGH | FAN PAGE | SHOP John was brought up on Carry On Films and Holiday Camps, on cheesy seventies sitcoms and a good dose of healthy innuendo was the order of the day in his teenage years. During his time at Aerospace, John took three weeks out of his last year to attempt the break the world record for Marathon Disco Dancing. He did it. He danced for 15 days and 11 hours. "It was the hardest thing I'd ever done in my life, but it taught me a lesson that sticks with me today. There's no such thing as Can't! A person can do anything that he or she wants to do". John came out of his time at 20 years of age, and managed to endure a few more months as an electrician as the wages were pretty damn good! By May he was working in a small Pontin's camp in the South of England called Bracklesham Bay. He was given the post of Assistant Entertainment Manager, even though he had never worked a full season. He wasn't happy with that, He felt that he was ready to be Entertainment Manager, but he would just have to bide his time. John managed to steal the limelight wherever possible and the audiences seemed to like him. He still wasn't as happy as he could be. At the end of that season, Debbie left the company and John finally got the promotion that he so dearly wanted. During that first year at Bracklesham bay, he broke his world record for Disco Dancing by dancing for 15 days and 16 hours. This time it was harder than ever. Some of the Entertainment team weren't happy at having to cover his duties whilst he got the limelight. Some of them never even came to see how he was going on! It was because the Guinness book of records stunt that John was invited onto various TV Shows and had the pleasure of meeting his comedy Idol "Kenneth Williams" "I loved Bracklesham Bay. I felt that it was made for me". The place buzzed as he tried to put the magic of his childhood years at Pontin's into the Entertainment Programme. It worked! The campers were wonderful, and the comments on the customers questionnaires would make him feel on top of the world. It was a fantastic time, and John stayed there for two years until he got a dreadful shock! It was too much for John, he cried and cried. He set everybody off. Even tough nut Jack cried. In 1987, John went to Prestatyn with General Manager Alan Shields. John was Awarded Entertainment Manager of the year in 1987. It was Country and Western Week, hence the daft outfit! It still didn't have the family feel of Bracklesham Bay, but life was good and his wages kept going up without him ever asking for a rise! John found managing his staff in a fair way very difficult, it was a very big team and it was practically impossible to entertain in three rooms and take good care and interest of the individual members of the team. In later years, after Management training, he found it much easier and made sure that all members of the team were happy and included. After three years in Prestatyn he had a dreadful year at Middleton Tower In Heysham near Morecambe. John thought it was an awful place and doesn't recall any happy moments there. The site was reaching the end of its operational life and he felt like he was flogging a dead horse. After that season John reflected on his childhood, remembering visiting Middleton Tower on holiday as a child and he didn't really like it then either.
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