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HOT UNDER THE SOCKS

It’s not the first time - and it won’t be the last - but a story first told on this page appeared in the national newspapers this week.

Bea Marshall, the Walkley woman who hasn’t worn shoes for three years, was talking about her experience living life bare-footed.

“Intense is the best way to describe it,” she said. “Every step sends new sensations through my feet and toes. It’s exhilarating.”

Blimey. Is anyone else getting a little hot under the socks?

HOLLYWOOD, BUT NO INVITE YET

And talking of former Diary stars, didn’t city actress Elizabeth Henstridge do well?

She appeared on this page back in 2011 (has it really been that long?) after winning a role in Hollyoaks. Now, as reported in this paper yesterday, the former Meadowhead School pupil is conquering Hollywood with a lead role in US TV drama Agents Of S.H.I.E.LD.

Strange, though: at the end of our interview three years ago, The Diary distinctly remembers saying to the 26-year-old: “You’ll have to invite us to Los Angeles when you’re a megastar.”

“It’s a promise,” she said.

Reader, said invite must have been lost in the post.

CHAPEL COULD BE CATALYST

And yet another former Diary star - this one a building - is also in the news.

This page revealed back in 2012 (has it really, really been that long?) that there were plans to transform the derelict nonconformist chapel in Sheffield General Cemetery into an arts and community venue.

Now, finally, a grant has been secured from the Architectural Heritage Fund to give the Grade II* listed building the much-needed makeover. Further cash has been secured from the Wren Fund and Sheffield Council.

Work - including installing heating, lighting and toilets - will be completed by the summer if all goes to plan.

Good. Now, wouldn’t it be great if such a restoration could act as a catalyst for turning the rest of the cemetery into the green city jewel it deserves to be?