Controversial 60s pop star visits city

Sylvia and Peter Dalziel from 'The Joystrings' pictured on their visit to the Millfield Salvation Army in Rutland Street.
Sylvia and Peter Dalziel from 'The Joystrings' pictured on their visit to the Millfield Salvation Army in Rutland Street.
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A MEMBER of a controversial 1960s pop group has visited Sunderland to promote a book to celebrate her band’s 50th birthday.

Sylvia Dalziel was at Millfield Salvation Army Corps in Rutland Street, along with her husband Peter, to sign her book The Joystrings: The Story Of A Salvation Army Pop Group,

Sylvia was training to be a Salvation Army minister when she was thrust into the limelight.

At the height of the band’s success, The Joystrings reached number 32 in the UK chart with the single it’s An Open Secret, and played a gig at The Playboy Club in London.

She said: “As Salvation Army student-ministers, our time in the spotlight was an intense time of ministry – putting us into contact with a variety of different people. Some were lonely, some were hurting.

“At the Playboy Club, the managers even provided The Joystrings with spots on the cabaret floor so we could talk to their customers.”