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AN excellent gesture by bosses at Kelham Island Museum who have announced they are to rename a room after Harry Brearley.

There won’t be many Sheffielders who begrudge the great man that honour.

But, in this centenary year of his discovery of stainless steel, shouldn’t the city as a whole be doing more to permanently commemorate the bottle washer turned chief scientist who was born and bred in Spital Hill?

Derek Dooley has a ring road, the Fitzalan family have a square, and the Cole brothers have a (albeit colloquial) corner. Perhaps a little bit of the Steel City should now be renamed after this most noteworthy of steel sons?


THAT isn’t to forget, of course, a Brearley Avenue already exists in Stocksbridge. And a lovely little residential street it is too.

But surely the city can afford something more besides. Here’s an idea to kick things off: as part of the planning agreement for the huge Tesco in Spital Hill, a public space has opened at the top of the adjacent Carlisle Street.

Calling that Brearley’s Square has a nice ring, doesn’t it?


FROM a 100th anniversary to a 50th, and today marks the half centenary of The Beatles’ first headline show in Sheffield.

The Fab Four - who had previously played support slots at City Hall - topped the bill at the Gleadless Azena Ballroom in a gig which has gone down in legend. They were booked, famously, by a Peter Stringfellow from a public pay phone.

The band were due to play his Fat Cat club at St Aidan’s Church Hall in City Road but it became clear the 600 capacity wasn’t going to be enough, so the move was made.

“The crowds half destroyed it,” Stringy told this page last year. “But it was such fun.”


AND from a 50th anniversary to a 135th...

On this day in 1878, Gerard Manley Hopkins, a renowned Jesuit poet sent to work in Sheffield, famously wrote to his friend Robert Bridges expressing his views on the town.

“My muse turned utterly sullen in the Sheffield smoke-ridden air,” he said.

He probably doesn’t deserve a square.