Colin Drury’s not skirting round the issue

The Churchill Tank at the entrance to the old Thorncliffe Works of Newton Chambers at Chapeltown'Picture August 2nd 1989'Over 1000 Churchill Tanks were made on this site between 1939 and 1945
The Churchill Tank at the entrance to the old Thorncliffe Works of Newton Chambers at Chapeltown'Picture August 2nd 1989'Over 1000 Churchill Tanks were made on this site between 1939 and 1945
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NOW, here’s a reader who knows how to get his email in print.

“I think you’re making a good job of Midweek Retro,” flatters Richard Wilson.

And then he takes last week’s page to task.

It featured similarities between Sheffield and twin town Donetsk showing how, back in the 1980s, both had holes in the road and high rise flats. Unlike Donetsk, however, the caption stated Sheffield had no model tanks.

In fact, says Mr Wilson, “on Thorncliffe Industrial Estate, in Chapeltown, there was until a few years ago a Churchill tank on a plinth - they were made there during World War Two by Newton Chambers.”

He’s right as well - and here’s the picture proof.

AND on the subject of being taken to task, regular correspondent Stan Brookes emails in after this column noted anyone who hadn’t been to the moon should have some respect for Helen Sharman.

“That wouldn’t include Helen,” says our man, “as she only went into space.”

I BET you think I put these in deliberately to test you, don’t you?

I don’t.

AND finally a joke comes in from Emma Obank.

“How many students does it take to change a light bulb?” she asks.

The answer? It doesn’t matter if it’s not on the test.

“If this makes you laugh - or if it doesn’t - will you plug the Sheffield Student Comedy Festival taking place at the university this weekend?” she asks. “I promise the acts will have better material.”

Done.