Aroundtown Meets: Therapy Huskies

Aroundtown Meets: Therapy Huskies

Everyone is taught that angels have two feathered wings. But here in Barnsley, they have four furry paws – plus a wet nose, thick fluffy coat and piercing blue and amber eyes.  They may not be able to fly, but four Siberian Huskies glide across the floor to greet us with a powerfully calming aura much...

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Aroundtown Meets Jack Land Noble

Aroundtown Meets Jack Land Noble

They say all the world’s a stage but it is his humble hometown of Barnsley which keeps setting the scene as the most prominent backdrop in Jack Land Noble’s productions.  Billed as an actor, writer, director, producer, singer and songwriter, it’s Jack by name, but most definitely not Jack-of-all-trades by nature. At just 30-years-old, Jack has...

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Aroundtown Meets: Victoria Nixon

Aroundtown Meets: Victoria Nixon

At just 16, life wasn’t so sweet for Victoria Nixon. The world around her was crumbling as quickly as the chocolate bar she would one day go on to advertise. But she was not the type of girl to be consumed by the flakes of grief that were settling around...

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Aroundtown Meets Debbie Wingham

Aroundtown Meets Debbie Wingham

From coal dust to diamonds Despite its flawless façade, a diamond starts life as a piece of coal that transforms under time and pressure into the glittering end result.   And just like the jewel that propelled her lustrous fashion career, Mexborough-born Debbie Wingham used the stress, adversity and knockbacks she...

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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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