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New sign outside The Rutland Arms
New sign outside The Rutland Arms
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congratulations to Sheffield’s Rutland Arms on some cracking Christmas improvisation.

When the Brown Street bar’s outdoor sign blew down, staff decided to hold off replacing it properly until the new year and put up this temporary festive beacon instead.

“What could be more seasonal than having Santa over the door?” asks manager Andy Stephens.

True enough – although anyone looking closely will note old Father Christmas is actually a dressed-up sex doll.

“We had one lying about,” notes Andy sheepishly.

GREAT Blues Festival at Sheffield’s Creative Arts Development Space, in Smithfield, this weekend.

Twelve hours of music, real ales and friendly faces.

Just one question: Who’d have thought so many South Yorkshire blokes would sing in a Deep South accent?