Take Two with Colin Drury

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They raised plenty of money – that’s the good news for the five Sheffield blokes who took to the stage to perform a very real Full Monty for charity.

The bad news? “We’ve been asked to do it again,” says a horrified Mark Richardson, one of the quintet. “And I’m still not sure I’ve recovered from the first time.”

The chaps stripped off at Bar Abbey, in Abbeydale, to make a few quid – more than a thousand of them, as it turns out – for cancer charity, Ballboys.

It was supposed to be a one-off but now the lads – also Andy Rushworth, 46, Neil Askew, 46, Jon Peace, 65 and Bob Foster, 59, all of Woodseats, Nether Edge and Hillsborough – have been asked to do it again for Cruse Bereavement Care.

They’re considering it too. Could this be the start of something, er, big?


A strange phenomenon: in the run-up to the inquests into the Hillsborough disaster, officers at Sheffield City Council have taken the unprecedented step of refusing to answer any questions relating to the entire suburb of Hillsborough as it is in 2014.

Information requests about subjects as diverse as the park, leisure centre, library and high street have been met with a blanket ban by the council.

The same questions on, for example, Walkley, Heeley or Parson Cross would all be given answers.

A worrying trend, no?

If the city’s own council can’t differentiate between a thriving area with a population of 18,000 and a tragedy which once occurred there, what chance does the place – a great little place, for sure – ever have of moving on?