Take Two with Colin Drury

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LET’S start today with a congratulations for former Diary star, the Kelham Island Tavern.

The Russell Street boozer – which appeared on this page while celebrating its 10th anniversary earlier this year – has just been named Sheffield Pub of the Year by the Campaign for Real Ale.

Runner up was The Fat Cat round the corner, in Alma Street, while third was the Gardeners Rest, down the road in Neepsend Lane.

Both of those have also been featured here too.

A coincidence? Yes, obviously. Still, good cheers, indeed.

AND talking of beer, how lovely to hear Barnsley bitter produced by Wombwell brewery Acorn will be sold in Parliament this month.

The grog will be available to members in the Strangers Bar, as revealed in The Star last week.

Although it won’t be the first time something from Barnsley has gone to parliament and ended up behind bars.

That honour, of course, belongs to expense-fiddling former MP Eric Illsley.

WHO ever thought this little page might inspire poetry?

Reader Beryl Heathcote sent in some self-penned verse after seeing last week’s story about Nynke Wierda, the Wadsley photographer currently taking pictures of Sheffield cats.

And jolly good it is too.

“He really is a character, he’s cute as he can be / I really care about him and I think he knows you see,” she writes as part of the work.

For the record, that’s about Oscar her neighbourhood cat. Not about your diarist.

AND while we’re talking cats, another reader, Kitty Hutchins, has been in touch.

The 91-year-old phones in to demand I get a new by-line picture because she reckons: “You only look about 16 – it must have been taken years ago”.

Afraid not, Kitty.

I really am just blessed with a face that bouncers love to ask for ID.