Take Two: Honour for hero

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And talking of Sheffield books - which we were in today’s main Diary feature - remember Charles Manning? He was the Wincobank World War One hero immortalised in a children’s book.

This page revealed how his grandson, kids author Mick Manning, used the former steel worker’s recollections to create an illustrated adventure called Charlie’s War. The new news? It’s been such a hit it’s just been named best non-fiction book for 7-11-year-olds at The English Association Awards.


And talking of the World Snooker Championship - which we were on this page on Monday - it wasn’t a great result for Doctor Steve Peters.

He’s the Sheffield University sports psychologist who’s helped stars like Bradley Wiggins, Chris Hoy and Liverpool FC all achieve success. He’s also worked closely with Ronnie O’Sullivan as he’s won two world titles. So, in many ways, when the Rocket lost the final on Monday, it was the first time one of Dr Peters’ sports clients hadn’t hit the heights aimed for.

Still, he should perhaps get used to that: he’s working with the English football team at this summer’s World Cup.


And talking of old Sheffield record shops - which we were in Midweek Retro last week - reader Steve Rhodes gets in touch about the legendary Violet May.

She owned the eponymous store in Matilda Street where customers would be told to clear off if they took too long browsing.

“Remember her with great affection,” tweets Steve. “But what a battleaxe – same era and type as the landlady in the Nursery Tavern in the late Sixties.”