TIt was something said in jest - but might it have been closer to reality than most people realised?
When a priest home was built in Solly Street in 1878 it was joked by some Sheffielders the churchmen would feel right at home - because the neighbourhood had a reputation for drunkenness and idleness.
But, after this page repeated the gag on Tuesday, reader Vincent Hale, who grew up in the area, got in touch to suggest it may contain a grain of truth. Legend has it, he says, a secret tunnel was built between the presbytery and the building across the road - a pub.
GO IN PEACE
Another reader emails about Charlie Peace. Tuesday was the 135th anniversary of the hanging of the infamous Sheffield killer, and this column reported his last words were to scold the gaoler leading him to the noose. Wrong, according to Ron Clayton. “His last words were actually to ask for a drink of water - which was refused,” emails our man. “But you could say he got the last drop anyway.”
NOT A CHAMP-ION ROAD
And another email lands from Jacqueline Ball after we recently referred to ambitions to turn The Moor into ‘Sheffield’s Champs-Elysees’. “That’s a laugh,” she says. “Champs-Elysees has eight lanes of traffic.”
Meanwhile on Twitter former Diary star Natalie Hunt, aka Madame Zucchini, the Walkley entertainer who performs stage shows with vegetables, talks about respecting colleagues: “It’s important to treat your team well. I am good to my vegetables... right up to the point where they get eaten.”