Stormtroopers in Sheffield and embarrassing T-shirts

Stormtroopers cross Arundel Gate

Stormtroopers cross Arundel Gate

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A sideways glance at Sheffield news with our columnist Colin Drury...

And a small side note to today’s main Diary feature: Sheffield Youth Orchestra isn’t to be confused with the similarly named (but younger) City Of Sheffield Youth Orchestra.

“There’s a bit of rivalry between the two actually,” says director Neil Robertson. “My son has a couple of friends who are in CSYO and you hear them having banter about who’s best - it’s like an orchestral version of Wednesday and United.”

A CHEST ON HIS BACK

Good luck to Badrul Hisham, the Sheffield University student from Malaysia who, as reported in The Star, is cycling the 15,000km home for the summer.

Some journey. Let’s just hope his old man doesn’t make him take home a chest of draws borrowed from his gran like this writer’s dad did.

AND ANOTHER DAD JOKE

And while we’re on dad jokes...

Stormtroopers came to Sheffield last week for the Children’s Media Conference.

The Star snapped two of the Star Wars characters crossing Arundel Gate. Presumably they wanted to get to the dark side.

WHERE THE F HAS IT GONE?

A reader gets in touch after this column drew attention to a Hillsborough sign in which Sheffield is spelt with just the one F.

Janet Abell recalls having the words ‘Sheffield Wednesday’ printed on a T-shirt she bought for her son a couple of years ago.

It was only a week later when they’d flown out to Tunisia for a holiday that a local waiter came to the family and asked why they had spelt the name of the team wrong.

“It only had the one F in too,” she says. “But no-one had noticed until he pointed it out.”

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