Stark lesson of food bank

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SHEFFIELD’S ambition to be a fair city by 2023 has been highlighted in The Star in recent days.

We examined a Fairness Commission report which showed vast discrepancies between the affluent and hard-up in our city that mean life expectancy is ten years higher in the south west of Sheffield than in its north eastern suburbs.

Today we carry a story that shows we are a long way from that goal. One of Sheffield’s food banks that gives the poorest in our communities food they might not otherwise get, is looking to set up its own centre because demand has risen five fold in recent months.

The Firth Park Food Bank wants to be able to help people to help themselves through education, training and raised awareness as well as handing out free food. Citizens having enough to eat is a pretty basic requirement for a civilised society.

The aims of the commission are laudable but the growing demand for food banks in Sheffield shows just how far we have to go before we can be considered a fair city.

Magic of silver screen lives on

THERE was - and still is - a certain sort of magic about a trip to the cinema.

Whether that be as a child watching the latest kids’ flick; as a teenager on a date; or as a grandparent introducing a new generation to the glories of moving pictures, a night in front of the big screen is something most of us have experienced. And loved.

It is a shame, therefore, that smaller cinema have been in decline for so long. The rise of TV and other entertainment has meant fewer people going to the flicks since the Sixties.

Last week that pattern was brought into sharp focus when The Ritz in Parson Cross was demolished while plans were announced to turn The Abbeydale Picture House into a climbing centre.

Perhaps this is inevitable. Every generation find its own form of entertainment. Those cinema-builders knew that better than anyone.

But there is nothing wrong with a little nostalgia either and today we are proud to reflect a golden age of picture palaces. We are sure it will bring back happy memories for our older readers - and transport our younger ones to what seemed a magical city.

Lords of the dance

STRICTLY come dancing has a lot to answer for.

Just look at all those twinkle-toed dancers on page 10 and you’ll know why Sir Bruce Forsyth always says: “Keep dancing.”

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