July kicked off with an announcement from Sheffield Council that it would spend almost £800,000 on a series or projects designed to kickstart the regeneration of rundown Castlegate.
The historic area has been deteriorating since the old Castle Market was knocked down and has long been earmarked for redevelopment. The Council wants to uncover the ruins of Sheffield Castle, while also attracting new businesses and investment. The regeneration will include an archaeological dig, essential repairs to the old Town Hall, bringing empty shops back into use and creating a conservation area over an 18 month period.
Staff at FryMaster, on Attercliffe Road, also had reason to celebrate this month, after it was announced they had won the coveted Star’s Chippy of the Year title.
Owner Richard Pearce said: “I was really pleased when I found out we had won, but the fact we have made it two years on the trot was fantastic. I’m really pleased for all our staff, as they worked really hard to get our name out there.”
Richard, whoe parents and grandparents were also fish fryers, added: “I use a family recipe for the batter which has been passed down to me from my grandma. It’s been in the family for 80 years.
“Customers say they’ve never tasted fish and chips like mine before - even at the coast.”
And Sheffield resident Louise Jennings spoke out this month, about her experience living as a transgender woman in Sheffield, after undergoing gender reassignment surgery in her 70s. The World War II soldier made the decision in 1989 after the death of his wife Edith.
The 98-year-old, originally from Heeley, said: “I have always regarded woman as superior. I had no hesitation once my mind was made up.”