Asidelines: What am I bid for Karen Cupola?

Karen Sherwood
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HOW much would you pay to take Karen Sherwood, pictured, out for lunch?

She’s the owner of Cupola gallery, in Middlewood Road, Hillsborough, Sheffield, and a day of her time was one lot at a recent charity auction.

“I was bought for £250,” says the 42-year-old of Vere Road, Hillsborough. “When I asked the chap what he had in store for me he said he’d take me for lunch. Someone asked if my husband would mind but I said forget him - he only bid £20.”

The auction, held by Cupola and featuring dozens of artworks, raised more than £1,000 for cancer charity Yes To Life.

Search for sign

AN old colliery banner, which dates back to 1881 and which has not been seen in 37 years, is at the centre of a historical hunt - and your help is needed.

The old Clowne miners sign - featuring a Christian scene and presented to workers at the closed pit by the Derbyshire Miners Association - went missing in 1974.

Demolition workers took it away after finding it in storage while knocking down the old Clowne Co-op. Staff from Metland Plant, a Sheffield firm which no longer exists, claimed the banner telling locals they planned selling it.

Now Shireoaks and District Local History Group is leading the search. Do you know where the banner is? Email The Diary.