How Norwich City legend Kevin Keelan’s grandson is making his mark in the city
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A famous Norwich name could soon be heard around the city once again, if one teenage entrepreneur has his way.
While DJ Ashley Keelan is building a reputation for his talent on the decks, his grandfather, Kevin Keelan, is better known for his skills between the sticks – as Norwich City’s longest-serving player.
Now the 18-year-old is setting up an underage club night called BPM at Open on Bank Plain to give 13 to 17-year-olds something to do – and says the Canaries legend is right behind his plans.
“There aren’t a lot of things for kids to do in the city - it’s basically go to the cinema or go bowling,” he said.
“The other underage club nights are once every two months, so I hope this one will give people something to do and keep people off the streets.
“My grandad has been supporting me. He said he thought it would be a brilliant idea, and wants to help me given that I’m his grandson.”
Mr Keelan lives in the US, after making the move from Carrow Road at the end of his career to play for the New England Tea Men, Jacksonville Tea Men and the Tampa Bay Rowdies.
He has since gone on to work as assistant manager for the Rowdies, University of Tampa and Tampa Bay Mutiny – and it seems his grandson has inherited some of his adventurous spirit.
The former Thorpe St Andrew High pupil has been DJing since the age of 14, runs his own clothing company and holds down a full-time day job – but is not daunted by the prospect of adding nightclub promoter to his CV.
“When I get home I have to work on my own business and events. I put in a lot of hours, but you have to work hard if you want to get anywhere.”
Ashley, who lives with his family in Gargle Hill, Thorpe St Andrew, said his aim with the underage nights was for the music to take centre-stage.
“I want to keep the kids away from things like underage drinking, and make it about the music,” he said.
“I want them just to go out and have fun, where the music is the most important thing.”
The first BPM event will be held on February 28, and Ashley hopes to host one a month.
Tickets cost £5 and are available from Open, www.ueaticketbookings.co.uk, Soundclash Records in St Benedicts Street, or for £7 on the door.