TV star Herbie collars bar gig

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GOOD news for fans of singing bloodhounds.

Herbie Armstrong, the one time Sheffield bar manager turned Britain’s Got Talent star who previously featured on this page, is coming back to the Steel City for a gig.

The 66-year-old, who now lives in Hampshire, was famously told by Simon Cowell: “You’re like a singing bloodhound. But I like bloodhounds, I’m not being rude.”

On the plus side Amanda Holden called “cute”. At least, we think that’s a plus.

Now Herbie, who managed the Boardwalk in Snig Hill in the 1990s, will perform at Delaney’s Music Bar, in Cemetery Road on August 25.

Woof.

AND talking of rubbish game shows, look away now Tez Brown.

He’s the dreadlocked Sheffield drummer who featured in this very column after he went looking for love on ITV dating contest Take Me Out.

The good news, of course, was that the 28-year-old won a date with delightful Eastbourne student nurse Kayleigh Kane.

The bad news is she’s now engaged to another contestant, teacher Fabian De Fabiani.

Ouch. That has to sting.

HEARD the latest.

They’re thinking about building a Rotherham theme park in China.

COULDN’T agree more with Sheffield Lib Dem leader Shaffaq Mohammed’s call for the planned high speed rail line to stop at the city’s old Victoria Station.

Suggestions the hub should be out of town surely defeat the purpose.

It’s called ‘high speed’ because it’s supposed to get people to London fast.

But if you build a station at Meadowhall, as MP Clive Betts suggests, or some other parkway base any travel time saved by quicker trains is lost because the vast majority of users would have to get from Sheffield city centre to the new hub.

Talk about pointless.

High speed rail is going to take decades to be build, cost billions of pounds and be with us for generations. So let’s make sure we don’t get a second best deal.