‘Playboy Club’ Salvation Army minister to visit Sunderland

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A TRAILBLAZING Salvation Army minister-turned-pop star who once performed at the Playboy Club is to visit Sunderland.

Lieutenant Colonel Sylvia Dalziel was a singer in the controversial Joystrings Salvation Army pop group.

Now she is coming out of retirement as part of a book tour, in the run-up to the group’s 50th birthday later this month.

Lt Col Dalziel’s book charts the group’s appearance in the UK charts and life on tour with The Salvation Army.

In the 60s, the Joystrings reached Number 32 in the UK Chart, played a controversial concert at the Playboy Club in London and were asked to join Cliff Richard on tour.

Sylvia said: “For those of us who were training to be Salvation Army ministers, we were thrown overnight into the unknown.

“As a group, we didn’t know how long our pop life would be and had no ambitions for fame, fortune, or anything more – it never entered our minds as all our royalties went straight back into supporting The Salvation Army’s work of helping those who are vulnerable or in need.”

The group disbanded in 1968 and Sylvia and her husband, Peter, continued on in Salvation Army ministry, working in the UK, South Africa and Australia.

They still conduct services across the UK and abroad. Lt Col Dalziel will be signing copies of her book, The Joystrings: The Story Of A Salvation Army Pop Group, at Sunderland Millfield Corps, Rutland Street, on Saturday, November 16, at 7pm.