Take Two: TRUE FAITH IN NEW ORDER

Mug by John Scholey
Mug by John Scholey
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So, that’s Blue Monday out the way. Always preferred True Faith myself anyway.

GERRY TAGGED IN MARKS

Have you ever seen anyone famous shopping in Barnsley, The Diary asked yesterday.

Reader David Jones has. He emails to say he once queued behind an international footballer in Marks & Spencer.

Impressive, even if the footballer in question did live in Barnsley at the time. It was Gerry Taggart, the Reds one-time Northern Irish captain.

“He was buying lamb chops if I remember right,” notes David.

MARRIOTT the mod

On the same page we asked for your Tarn retail recollections, we also referred to The Jam frontman Paul Weller as the Modfather – something reader J Drabble takes issue with.

“May I comment on reporters who write about Paul Weller being the Modfather,” he writes. “I have nothing against him but, for me, the late Stevie Marriott has to take that title as the Small Faces perfected the mod look in 1965. Weller was not on the scene until years later.”

CUP A LOAD OF THIS

One good turn deserves another, so they say – and The Diary would feel a right mug if we didn’t give reader John Scholey a quick mention.

Two years ago he gave this writer this specially-made cup featuring a stunning photo he’d taken of the Sheffield skyline. The panorama features landmarks like St Paul’s Tower, the Cheesegrater and Hallam Uni’s Owen Building.

Now, John has teamed up with the Sheffield Mug Company, based in Crookes, to market the inspiring drinking vessels.

“You were the first mug,” he says. “So could you give the new line a mention?”

Done. Available at www.sheffieldmug.co.uk