Happy birthday to my old pub

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n NICE to see the Wetherspoon pub The Woodseats Palace is set to celebrate its 10th anniversary this week - and I say that as a former member of staff.

NICE to see the Wetherspoon pub The Woodseats Palace is set to celebrate its 10th anniversary this week - and I say that as a former member of staff.

I pulled pints there part time for three months in 2006, and it was certainly an unforgettable experience.

In particular I still recall a conversation with one old barfly who asked me what I was studying at nearby Norton College.

Journalism, I told him.

“Oh aye?” he said. “I was in The Star once - about 30 years ago now.”

What for, asked I.

“Double murder,” he said.

That’s one bloke whose pint you always made sure wasn’t short when you served him.

ON a more serious note, great to read in yesterday’s Star that Sheffield’s Women Of Steel have been invited to Buckingham Palace.

There’s a seemingly never ending run of hard-working and well-worthy people from our region who pass through old Liz’s gates for one function or another each year.

But surely none can be more deserving as these girls who kept the steelworks working through the Second World War.

The Diary featured a story about them earlier this year celebrating the release of a documentary about their efforts - and the footage was enough to bring a tear to anyone’s eyes.

A city memorial for them can’t come soon enough.

THERE’S already a memorial, of course, to the legendary Barnsley comedian Charlie Williams.

A much-deserved plaque honouring the late entertainer was unveiled in the town this week.

Just one question: when is Elsecar resident Bobby Knutt getting one?

AND while we’re talking Barnsley this column doesn’t normally do jokes but an internet site’s quest to find the worst gag of all time fair made me chuckle with this nomination.

A bloke from Barnsley walks into a vets and says: “Av come t’ sithee about mi cat.”

The vet replies: “Is it a tom?”

The bloke looks puzzled before answering: “Nay, av browt ‘im wi’ mi.”

And, with that, good night.