Aroundtown Meets Julie Kenny CBE DL

Aroundtown Meets Julie Kenny CBE DL

For over thirty years, Julie Kenny has been an inspirational societal architect in South Yorkshire; she’s rebuilt her life on more than one occasion using the bricks other people have thrown at her, shattering various glass ceilings along the way. While her journey to becoming a self-made successful female entrepreneur...

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Aroundtown Meets Dr Steve Burns

Aroundtown Meets Dr Steve Burns

They say laughter is the best medicine, but for Dr Steve Burns a good dose of ‘glass half full’ attitude has been the secret to his continued concern for the people of Rotherham. One of the main questions a doctor asks you at a health check up is how many...

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Aroundtown Meets Roger Walton

Aroundtown Meets Roger Walton

There’s no business like show business, and there’s no business about show business in Barnsley that Roger Walton doesn’t know. For over 60 years, Roger has dedicated his life to amateur and professional theatre in his hometown, playing every role in his enduring monologue from actor to set builder, producer...

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Aroundtown Meets: Father Christmas

Aroundtown Meets: Father Christmas

 With twinkly blue eyes, rosy, dimpled cheeks, and a beard on his chin as white as the snow, there is no mistaking our current interviewee as he strides merrily through the door. He might have left his famous red suit at ho-ho-home, but his joyous spirit and generous demeanour personify...

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Aroundtown Meets: Barnsley Youth Choir

Aroundtown Meets: Barnsley Youth Choir

Through an uplifting chorus of local children and young people, the inspirational and talented singers of Barnsley Youth Choir have become an international flagship ensemble for our town, embodying the true grit and determination that has become symbolic with Barnsley. Earlier this year, the dynamic and diverse Latvian capital city...

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Aroundtown Meets: Eve Rose Keenan, Mayor of Rotherham

Aroundtown Meets: Eve Rose Keenan, Mayor of Rotherham

Hear ye, hear ye. As the peal of Rotherham Minster’s twelve bells rings out across the town, a new mayor is sworn in at the Town Hall ready to celebrate the unity of the town she now calls home. After just two years as a councillor and an exciting year...

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The Watson Brothers: Stairfoot’s Valiant Sixsome

The Watson Brothers: Stairfoot’s Valiant Sixsome

At the bugled call of the mustachioed military maestro, Lord Kitchener, in the summer of 1914, mothers up and down the country waved goodbye to their heroic sons who gallantry left in search of peace at the birth of the Great War. But for one lady in Barnsley, she shed...

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Aroundtown Meets… Stan Shaw

Aroundtown Meets… Stan Shaw

Shaping, filing and polishing away, there sits a kind-faced old man in his grey cotton overcoat, his hands bearing the brunt of 76 years spent as a master craftsman cutler. Peering through the old window of his Little Mester Street workshop at Kelham Island Museum, it is clear we’re about...

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Aroundtown Meets… Marjorie Sheppard

Aroundtown Meets… Marjorie Sheppard

Aside from the glitter of tinsel, the flicker of lights and the giving of presents, Christmas is the season of goodwill; a time where many are humbled with a charitable heart and a longing to help those in need. But perhaps the personification of selflessness and generosity, one Rotherham lady...

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Aroundtown Meets … Kevin Grunill

Aroundtown Meets … Kevin Grunill

From the Top of the Tower to bright lights of Granadaland, the sound of one man’s musical repertoire has waltzed around the dancefloors and theatres of some of the UKs finest establishments over the past twenty five years. But for Barnsley-born organist Kevin Grunill, the symphony of his musical journey...

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