ASIDELINES: Bean for dinner at Bramall Lane

GUESS who's coming to dinner? Sean Bean, helping out his old mate Steve Cowens.

Steve, reformed football hooligan and author of Blades Business Crew, is organising a dinner in the Platinum Suite at Bramall Lane where the Sheffield-born actor and fanatical Blades fan is guest of honour.

"I've organised dinners before but this is the biggest so far," says Steve, who is charging 45 a head and double that for VIP diners, who get to meet the star.

"He's a very good friend of mine. We go back a long way," says Steve, who is also hoping to persuade Paul Heaton to sing at the dinner on November 14.

Definitely lined up is songstress Stephanie King with Gary Sinclair, the Voice of Bramall Lane, compering the night.

Tickets on 0114 2473155.

Guy Fawkes can have safe haven

YOU'D expect sparks to fly at this time of year for anyone christened Guy Fawkes, or Catherine Wheel, for that matter.

But come November 5, the hotel chain Future Inns will give you a free hideaway for the night.

Anyone called Catherine Wheel or Guy Fawkes will be offered a safe haven in a Future Inns double room (worth 69 per night) in any one of its UK hotels, for one night between November 5-11, 2009.

To claim, register at

You will be asked for proof of ID.

Pals meet again

HANG around Leopold Square at noon next Monday and you'll witness Stan Idell from Surrey meet up with old pals Frank Thorpe, Ronnie King and Geoff Parkin from Pye Bank (1941-47) for the first time in over 60 years. Anyone who can remember them is welcome to say hello.

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