TAKE TWO: Columnist Colin Drury tells it like it is...

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ARE they reading The Star in Shipley, West Yorkshire?

Former Diary Star Sara Hill – that’s her who is taking a photo of a doll in an unusual place for every day of 2012 – was approached by a gallery there recently.

Curators wanted to display her pictures, previously featured here, in the town. She agreed, and the exhibition runs today until June 8 at Hive Pop-Up Art Space in the town’s Kirkgate.

“I’d love to say they read about it in The Star,” says 30-year-old Sara of Sharrow diplomatically. “But it was through an art contact.”


Still, good luck, duck.

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AND the award for But-It’s-Not-Even-Summer-Yet goes to...The Rutland Hotel.

We’re only in May and the Glossop Road venue is already advertising its Christmas season with a new online character called Rutland Rudolph.


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A READER writes in following my page nine column about inspiration last week.

Ben Hancock notes that Liverpool footballer Stuart Downing motivates him.

“If someone so distinctly average can make it into the national team squad for a major international championships,” he emails, “then surely I’m still capable of playing for, say, Colchester. And I’m pretty awful.”

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PLENTY of tributes have poured in about real ale legend Dave Wickett over the last few days – and this page would like to add its own.

The founder of the Kelham Island Brewery and The Fat Cat pub, both Alma Street, passed away last week aged 64.

As great blokes go he was up there with the best.

Sheffield is a better place because of him – from how he inspired the city’s real ale renaissance to being the catalyst for the regeneration of Kelham Island – and it will be a poorer place without.

Never short of a story nor shy with his generosity, he was the definition of gentleman.

As one colleague said, his Pale Rider will most definitely ride on.