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Good news for beer-lovers planning to make a night of it at the 20th Rotherham Real Ale and Music Festival, running from Wednesday, February 29, to Saturday, March 3, at Magna, showcasing over 200 traditional ales from the UK and beyond.

Transport bosses have laid on a special ‘beer bus’ which will run from early evening until last orders from stand C1 in Rotherham Bus Station and D3 in Meadowhall Interchange.

Fares are £1 return.

For bus times go to and for festival info go to

Nonna’s restaurant was transformed into a school cookery class at the weekend when Westbourne School pupils were invited to get hands-on.

Led my Nonna’s head chef Jamie Taylor, pupils kneaded, dolloped and sprinkled their way to pizza perfection before being given a preview of the restaurant’s new family-sized gourmet sharing pizzas, due to launch on Sunday nights from March 11.

Milestone owners Marc Sheldon and Matt Bigland will be stepping into the heat of their own kitchens on Monday night, helping head chef James Wallis cook up funds at a charity-night in aid of the eight-year-old niece of senior sous chef Craig Power.

During the role-reversal night, chefs will be going front of house to wait on tables, and a silent auction will be held.

Niamh, of Rotherham, has just undergone a third operation to remove a brain tumour. Cash from the £30-a-head event (or £50 VIP seats upstairs) will go to The Sheffield Children’s Hospital and the Hope for Niamh Fund.