Do you remember gales 50 years ago?

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IT’S nearly 50 years since the great Sheffield gale left three people dead, thousands of homes damaged, and the city reeling.

The Star is planning an anniversary feature to remember the gale on February 16, 1962, and wants to include readers’ memories. Call reporter Ellen Beardmore on 0114 276 7676 x 3459 or email

Estate agent back

HAYBROOK estate agents has re-opened its Crookes branch following a ‘major upsurge in demand’ for properties in the Broomhill, Crookes, Crosspool and Walkley areas. Sales manager Lynsey Marsden said: “There has been a big rise in demand for Crookes, thanks to it being so close to the universities and hospitals.”

Everest book launch

A BOOK which reveals the story of an expedition to Mount Everest is being launched in Barnsley. Two authors of ‘Everest The Old Way’ will also speak at Barnsley Central Library, on Shambles Street, this Saturday, February 18, from 10.30am. The book tells of a group of friends who left Barnsley in 1967 to travel to Everest.

Skaters revealed

THE first celebrities to skate into Sheffield for a Dancing on Ice tour have been revealed. Sugababe singer Heidi Range, X Factor star Chico and reigning Dancing on Ice champion, actor Sam Attwater, will join Torvill and Dean for the sixth UK live tour, which calls at the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield between April 24 and 26.

Tramway activities

HALF-term fun is on track for visitors to Crich Tramway Village. The 2012 season kicks off with activities until February 19, including arts and crafts, and wildlife-themed sessions.