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Retro: Motor show and gala was a popular part of city calendar

Once upon a time, The Star was one of the driving forces behind a huge city motor show that attracted tens of thousands of visitors every year.

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Retro: World War One - Disaster at sea killed city man

Retro: World War One - Disaster at sea killed city man

Retro reader Richard Hargate has told the story of a ship that sank 100 years ago during World War One with his great uncle on board.

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DJ Tony Prince

Retro: City gig for Prince of airwaves

Famous 1960s and 70s radio DJ Tony Prince has been remembering his times working at the Top Rank suite in Sheffield, meeting city music stars.

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The Flying Scotsman back in Doncaster (D3549MB)

REtro: The day steam icon retired from service

This month in the year 1963 was a momentous one for the Flying Scotsman – Doncaster’s famous locomotive.

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Iron Hague with Bruce Woodcock

Day that launched career of Doncaster sporting hero

A Doncastrian name firmly etched in boxing history is that of Bruce Woodcock, who began his professional career 75 years ago this month.

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Chelsea College of Physical Education students with Doncaster's Linda Gray top left

Appeal for help to find former Doncaster woman

The search is on for a former PE student from Doncaster, and it is hoped Free Press readers might provide the missing piece to a 50-years old jigsaw.

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Former Doncaster Rovers player and manager Peter Doherty (left).

On this day: End of Doherty’s Rovers reign

Nearly 60 years ago this week, the curtain came down on one of the most successful spells in Doncaster Rovers’ history.

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The Winter Cumbrian Mountain Express steams over the Ribblehead Viaduct on the Settle Carlisle line, hauled by the double headed Black 5s 44871 and 45407 instead of the Flying Scotsman after it broke down mid week.  23 January 2016.  Picture Bruce Rollinson

End of an era for Doncaster’s famous locomotive

This month in 1963 was a momentous one for the Flying Scotsman - Doncaster’s most famous locomotive.

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RETRO: Taking a step back to look at the history of the city’s works

RETRO: Taking a step back to look at the history of the city’s works

Taking a step back in time, this week we take a look at Sheffield buildings of years gone by.

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Can you spot yourself?

NOSTALGIA: Are you pictured in this video of Chesterfield's 80's nightlife?

We thought we'd share this nostalgic video of Chesterfield's nightlife in the 1980s.
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Coronation Street's Ena Sharples, actress Violet Carson, puts the washing in after opening a new laundrette in Lower Ince in 1967.

Retro: Is this the real thing or is this just fantasy?

I can’t believe how incredibly caring people are. It’s most heart-warming. After Maria Connor was sentenced to a term of imprisonment in Coronation Street, there was an immediate campaign launched on Twitter to ‘Free the Weatherfield One’

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Retro: Wheel deal for studios which began life as works

Retro: Wheel deal for studios which began life as works

Today’s bit of Sheffield 
history that falls under my magnifying glass is what is now the Yellow Arch 
Studios on Burton Road.

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The big freeze of 1947 - snow at Edale

Retro: Looking back on the coldest winter in three centuries

It was one of the most brutal and harshest winters in living memory – and this week in Retro we’re looking back 70 years to the infamous winter of 1947.

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Lyceum Theatre Babes in the Wood 21st December 1995 to 28th January 1996

Retro: British joy of pantomine season never out of fashion

Generations of Sheffielders have enjoyed a giggle and a groan at the city’s show-stopping pantomines over the decades.

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Haxey Hood in 1986. Pictured l-r are Lord of the Hood Stan Boor, chief boggin Arthur Clarke, and Gary Stevens.  Picture: Liz Mockler E1712LM

Retro: The good old days of the Haxey Hood

It is one of Britain’s oldest and most fascinating traditions – and by the time you ready this, the annual rough and tumble of the centuries old Haxey Hood will have come to its muddy, bruising and beer-fuelled conclusion for another year.

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Joe Grayson at Blackpool in the summer of 1965

Submitted by Joe Grayson

Retro: ‘I will never forget my pal Joe’

Regular contributor Vin Malone here shares more of his memories of his upbringing on the Manor after his childhood next-door neighbour Joe Grayson shared his in Retro on Christmas Eve.

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Retro: ‘Grand old man’ puts long life down to hard work and not smoking

Retro: ‘Grand old man’ puts long life down to hard work and not smoking

Local historian Michael Parker, of Deepcar, came across a fascinating article on the “grand old man” of Thorpe Hesley in the Sheffield Daily Independent, November 27, 1929.

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Erika's winning streak Photo: PA

THIS WEEK REWIND: Most famous streak saw boarding school old girl strip semi-starkers at Twickers

Widely acknowledged mother of all sporting streaks, Erika Roe memorably made Twickenham roar 35 years ago this week.
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The Beatles: "no future"

THIS WEEK REWIND: When The Beatles were rejected as having "no future"

This week 55 years ago saw budding band, who would become musical legends The Beatles, dismissed as having " no future in show business".
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Councillor William Beckett. Commemorative Photograph Album, Preston. 1946-47 
Christmas Party, London Road Labour Club. 21st December 1946.
 
Image kindly provided by Michael Ball and comes courtesy of Paul Swarbrick at the Preston Historical Society. www.prestonhistoricalsociety.org.uk/

Retro: Happy, healthy and safe Christmas to everyone

In one of the songs from the hit musical Annie there is a plaintive request for President Roosevelt to produce a new deal for the US economy in time for Christmas after the years of the Great Depression in America which lasted from 1929 until the early 1940s.

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