Take Two with Colin Drury

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IT may be April Fools’ Day but this is snow joke.

It seems swimmers were frequenting the Hathersage Outdoor Swimming Pool during the freezing cold weather last week.

It was the centre’s official opening but, given there were drifts of the white stuff all over the Peak District, a muted affair might perhaps have been expected.

Not so.

Proving we’re a region of hardy folk (or should that be foolhardy?), plenty of people turned up with their trunks.

“It was very surprising given the conditions,” noted manager Michael Wellington, probably through chattering teeth.

AND while we’re in the Peak District, lovely to see Losehill House Hotel, in Hope, experiencing a mini-business boom after appearing on ITV1 show Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway.

The 21-bedroom complex, in Edale Road, was used for a Gotcha style stunt featuring Olympic gymnast Louis Smith, Dancing On Ice judge Jason Gardiner and reality TV star Mark Wright.

That was two weeks ago. Since then owner Paul Roden, who played a waiter during the set-piece, reckons they’ve taken more than a dozen bookings.

Proof perhaps that Ant and Dec are good for something, other than being over-exposed.

THAT was a low blow, wasn’t it? Let’s Get Ready To Rumble was a work of unmitigated genius.

REMEMBER Gary Hodsden? He’s the Sheffield Hallam University student who appeared on this page in February after setting up the city’s first scholarly horse racing society.

He was encouraging youngsters to stop wasting their leisure time drinking and watching daytime TV, and start enjoying the sport of silks. And it’s gone well. He’s already got a couple of dozen members and, on April 20, is taking the club to represent our fair city at an inter-uni It’s A Jock Out competition at Nottingham Racecourse.

Each team will try and make most money during a day’s racing with all cash raised going to the Racing Welfare charity.

You can ‘bet’ they’ll do themselves proud.