So, what is it that ‘young people’ actually want?

When I arrived in Stratford upon Avon back in the 70’s I was one of those *young people. (20). As happens, once settled in, I found other young people pursuing an interest that we had in common. One word. Music.

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Music in all its forms.

There was live music (man/woman with guitar/band-3 guitars & drums -maybe a keyboard) and discos (dancing & DJ-ing).

If I remember rightly, no-one ever asked us what it was we wanted or if we were satisfied. In those days we just sort of went ahead and did it for ourselves. We found out if there was a room to spare and if there was, we asked if we could use it to play, or listen to, or react to…music.

The thing is, and the point I want to make is this…as popular as the music field was, there were obviously young people around to whom the music scene (man) did not appeal to.

God knows what they were up to. But it makes sense to suggest that human nature being what it is and not everybody being the same, there were some who stayed at home, or went to a stamp-collecting club/pressed flowers/recorded train noises, etc, etc…

I want to put an end to the assumption that ‘young people’ everywhere were/are slaves to the rhythm. This is a blatant untruth. A damn lie and fabrication.

To believe this is to stereotype young people and the main reason why that annoying statement, ‘There is not enough for young people to do in… ‘Add your own location‘, will be forever with us. This is because the phrase ‘young people’ is a useful political foil. Useful to those that wield it insomuch it draws in those who feel disenfranchised (a common feeling I think amongst youth) and alone, a hook to hang their coat on and belong.

I also believe that the one thing that the 60’s ‘revolution did (once it had settled down), was to close the age gap, rendering it almost meaningless. The 1960’s in its own way, slowed down the aging process and gave meaning to the old adage ‘Age is just a number’.

In a positive sense (my view) those of us from that important era learnt a major lesson. We never grew up. At least not in the way our parents did.

Which means….

When you hear or read that well known phrase or saying, ‘There is not enough for young people to do in this town’.

For young people, read EVERYONE.

*Not sure who actually comes under the banner ‘young people’.


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Author: IanF

Ian is a Stratfordian and quite angry about all sorts of things, Local, National and in fact, everything World-Wide. For the sake of his mental health he has chosen to Vent his Spleen in a blog. He advises YOU dear reader to do the same.

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