Take Two with Colin Drury

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HOW would you like to live in Henry Bessemer’s old gaff?

The family home of the engineer and inventor – who revolutionised the steel making process at his Sheffield factory in the 19th century – has gone up for sale.

It’s in Hertfordshire, has seven bedrooms, and its own blue plaque.

And it can be yours for a very cool £2.25 million.

Which makes one wonder how much the family home of Sheffield’s other great steel inventor, Harry Brearley, would have fetched had it not already been knocked down.

Probably a little less. He grew up in a Spital Hill slum.

THERE’S nowt wrong with a good whinge, is there? And when it comes to public transport we all like one, don’t we?

So, this column was fair tickled by tram campaigners in Millhouses, Abbeydale and Dore last week.

How did they react to the (unexpected) news that their wishes are to be granted and a new Supertram line will be built along the Sheaf Valley? By demanding it gets done sooner.

“We can’t wait 20 years,” one campaigner John Brighton told reporters.

Now, fair play, that’s a long time. But one can’t help feel sometimes that transport bosses can’t do right for doing wrong.

And, in this case, amusement aside, isn’t there more than a slight suggestion that if a new line magically appeared over the weekend, some residents would complain they hadn’t been here last week?

GREAT news about Grimethorpe Colliery Band.

The financially under threat group – the inspiration behind the 1996 film Brassed Off – has secured funding for its education work.

Sheffield internet provider Plusnet will sponsor the scheme for the next two years, as reported in this paper.

Good on them. As this column has said before, the band are a national institution. To lose them would certainly be something to be brassed off about.