NO HURRY TO BE HANGED
Now, here’s a Sheffield anniversary if ever there was one: 135 years ago today Charlie Peace was hanged.
The (in)famous city killer had shot his love rival Arthur Dyson in Banner Cross two years earlier.
As he went to the gallows at Armley Gaol, he reportedly said to his warder: “You’re in a Hell of a hurry. Who’s going to be hanged this morning, you or me?”
“AND WHEN DID JIMI PLAY?”
Lovely to hear reports an exhibition first revealed on this page has been a huge success - although not without some confusion.
When The Beatles Came To Barnsley has just finished at Experience Barnsley. It featured dozens of paintings by local lad Terry Brookes imagining global pop superstars visiting landmarks in the town, such as Bob Dylan outside Jaz Music Centres and David Bowie at The Civic.
But one elderly visitor couldn’t quite grasp the concept.
Talking to Terry, the 82-year-old recalled seeing Cliff Richard perform in Wombwell but asked: “When did this Jimi Hendrix play in Locke Park then?”
A Creswell based Harry Potter fan has collected all 65 wands from the Harry Potter film, then? Richard Hutton has spent £2,500 on the replicas, as reported in The Star.
That’s magic, that is.
GET HENDO’S LISTED
And finally today, an aside to our main Diary piece: Howard says Sheffielders are increasingly getting in touch with the Hallamshire Historic Building Society to recommend structures they want protecting.
“One of the most common,” he says, “is the Henderson’s factory.”