Were you deceived by our April Fool's story?

Star readers had plenty to say about our April Fool’s prank, which suggested a ship carrying a shipment of Lea and Perrins’ Worcestershire sauce had become stuck on the banks of the River Don.

By Sarah Marshall
Thursday, 1st April 2021, 4:34 pm

After the rescue operation to free the Ever Given from the Suez Canal dominated the headlines for almost a week, there was no better news story to replicate for this year’s April Fool’s fake news story.

With the aim of putting a smile on our readers faces, we reported that a vessel carrying the condiment rival to Sheffield’s famous Henderson’s Relish had become wedged in the River Don on its way to Rotherham.

Our fictional eye witness told the vessel’s captain he was “making it worse, pal” as he attempted to reverse and free the ship.

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Were you taken in by our April Fool's story?

Plenty of you saw the funny side, and the National Emergency Services Museum, which is based on West Bar, even got in on the joke.

“If you need to borrow a Lifeboat we’re only up the road,” joked a Museum spokesperson online.

Siobhán Gillespie enjoyed the joke.

“Brilliant! Gave me a smile this morning,” she said.

Shane Cutts said: “Get the Chuckle brothers in. they'll sort it, to me, to you style.”

Michael Dorian Campbell said he was relieved to hear it was a joke because “we don’t want Lea and Perrins up here.”

"Henderson’s all the time,” added Michael.

Lee Bragan joked: “If the captain’s missing check the nags head and ask for Albert Trotter!”

Mel Machin added: “This means there will be pork pie shortages the likes of which Sheffield has never seen before.”

A few of you were even taken in by the rouse.

Rose Garrett said: “Omg I took this serious at first! Love it!”

"Omg I believed this, it’s April fools,” added Shelby Harding.


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