The curtain falls for the last time for Stardust as the Students Union struggles in its new building. New nightclub Plug opens, along with The Common Room and a new smoke-free city centre Wetherpoons. A famous Doctor returns…
DJs at Stardust: Jim MacLaine , The Dean of Disco and Joey Fabini
Friday September 23rd 2005 sees one last hurrah begin for Stardust as the night returns to The Hubs for the new academic year.
The damage had been done though, and with the Union struggling to adapt to its new environment, the last ever regular Stardust was held on Friday May 19th 2006.
The new Licensing Act, allowing pubs to open for longer hours, comes into effect.
The Plug Nightclub opens in Sheffield.
The Common Room, a sports bar with 12 pool tables, opens above The Forum, The Benjamin Huntsman Wetherspoon pub in the city centre becomes one of the first pubs in Britain to ban smoking and The Yorkshire Grey is demolished.
The former City Museum re-opens after a multi-million pound re-development as The Weston Park Museum.
To coincide with the regeneration of the railway station,Sheaf Square was rebuilt as part of a project designed to create the ‘Gateway to Sheffield’. The station and the square form part of a ‘gold route’ that leads passengers through the square past the 262.5 feet (80.0m) ‘Cutting Edge’ water feature, up Howard Street and into the “Heart of the City” This ‘Gateway to Sheffield’ won the Project of the Year Award in the 2006 National Rail Awards
At The Arena, Ricky Hatton extended his unbeaten record to 40–0, defending his IBF and Ring Magazine Junior Welterweight world titles and winning the WBA belt by a 9th round knockout against Carlos Maussa.
Sheffield United finish 2nd in The Championship and are promoted to The Premier League.
Biggest Selling UK Single of 2005: “Is This The Way To Amarillo” – Tony Christie feat Peter Kay
In The News in 2000: In the General Election: The Labour Party is returned to power with a reduced majority of 66, pubs in England and Wales permitted to open for 24 hours for the first time and Doctor Who is revived as a TV series by the BBC, having been discontinued in December 1989, starring Christopher Eccleston as the Doctor and pop star Billie Piper as his assistant Rose Tyler.