Take Two with Colin Drury

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TALK about exalted representatives.

This column has had it pointed out that after the last Queen’s Birthday Honours list the good people of Cudworth, Barnsley, now have two out of three ward councillors who have been recognised by Her Majesty.

Charlie Wraith became an MBE, while Barnsley Council leader Steve Houghton received a knighthood.

Which just leaves poor old Councillor Joe Hayward without a decoration among the trio. To which one can only really say: up your game, son - you’re letting the team down!

AND staying in Tarn, what a magnificent achievement the Experience Barnsley museum under the Town Hall looks to be.

Cynics have said spending more than £4 million to display items such as a leather jacket worn by rock band Saxon and a bicycle which once belonged to black pudding king Albert Hirst might not be the most prudent use of pounds in these austere times.


Every town should have a museum celebrating its history and heritage, its people and its places. Barnsley has been without one for too long. This is a terrific way to put that right.

Just one question: when is a History of Sheffield museum going to open?

AND talking of history (or lack of knowledge, thereof), regular diary correspondent Ron Clayton gets in touch following this page’s claim that The Old Queen’s Head pub, in Pond Hill, was the city centre’s oldest building.

It’s not, of course. That honour goes to the Cathedral. The boozer is rather the city centre’s oldest domestic building.