Take Two with Colin Drury

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TERRIFIC to take Rick Allatt on at snooker for today’s main feature.

Less terrific was that he then took your columnist to the cleaners: 65-18.

Still, it’s an excuse to go and practise more if ever there was one.

WHEN it comes to recognition, there’s perhaps no-one deserves it more than the chap they call the Mad Man With The Pram.

John Burkhill – if you read The Star regularly, you’ll almost certainly know this – has been pounding the streets of Sheffield raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support for years. The 74-year-old has made £150,00 since his wife and daughter both lost their lives to the illness.

Now, as reported in this paper, he’s been labelled “a true inspiration” at the Jane Tomlinson For All Awards.

And there aren’t many who would argue with that. For when you see John out and about these days it doesn’t only feel like you’re witnessing someone doing their bit for a great cause, it’s a bit like having the privilege of seeing a bona fide Sheffield legend.

A READER gets in touch following Thursday’s Diary about an Anglo-German football match taking place in Meadowhead this weekend.

Stan Brookes says he wasn’t sure our continental cousins would appreciate the light-hearted tone of the piece. After all, he asks, “do you know what they call a German with a sense of humour? An Austrian.”

CUTTING crime and anti- social behaviour is top of the agenda of South Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, then?

Shaun Wright, who was elected in November, said so in his new plan revealed on Friday. Nice to know, isn’t it?

ANOTHER day, another Leeds development announced.

Upmarket restaurant chain D&D are to open their first eaterie outside the capital in the city. Crafthouse and Angelica will occupy part of the new Trinity Leeds shopping complex.

But at least there will be a little bit of Sheffield there too. For the company has commissioned city knife-maker Paul Iseard to provide the steak knives.

“It feels a bit like getting one over on them,” he notes.