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One of your readers recently wrote of the excellent entertainment the Black Swan used to provide, and paid tribute to Bob Rooney the manager at that time, who was instrumental in securing bookings for many famous stars of that era.

May I add my knowledge of Bob?

When he left Sheffield he and his wife, Joan, came to Hoyland, and became licencees of the Turf, which was doing badly for entertainment, as was the town itself.

Bob changed the name to The Kestrel, he invited actors from the film Kes, including Brian Glover and it was officially opened by Barry Hines, author of A Kestrel For A Knave, who was born in Hoyland.

From that day forth the pub thrived, as did the town itself, other pubs benefiting from the influx of people coming in from other towns, to finally see the great entertainment provided in The Kestrel.

A wonderful organiser was Bob, (and a master chef, many people didn’t know).

Geoff Davies

Fearnley Road, Hoyland Common, Barnsley