News in Brief: Hall gardener retires

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GARDENER Ray Marples has retired after 50 years spent tending to the grounds of Renishaw Hall.

Ray, who lives in Eckington, the village next door to Renishaw Hall, started at the age of 15, recalling: “Two wooden wheelbarrows were used for everything, there was no modern tractors in those days.

“Peaches, grapes and daffodils were taken from Renishaw and transported by wheelbarrow to the local station, where they were sent to Sir Osbert (Sitwell) on the London train.”

Run start delayed

THE start of the Bupa Great Yorkshire Run in Sheffield on October 9 has been extended by 30 minutes to 10am to allow more people to get to the city centre.

The decision will also benefit local businesses which are expected to see more lunchtime trade.

Up to 10,000 runners and 50,000 spectators are expected at the event, which starts on Arundel Gate and heads along Penistone Road before turning back at the Wednesday stadium.

School site questions

A PUBLIC consultation programme over the future of the site of Abbeydale Grange School is scheduled to be held in the autumn.

Nalin Seneviratne, the council’s director of property and facilities management, said: “In the short term, plans are being worked up to secure the site and demolish the school building so as to minimise the health and safety risk that empty disused buildings can present.”

Pub back in business

THE Gypsy Queen pub in Drakehouse Lane, Beighton, is due to reopen today (Thursday) after a refurbishment and as part of the Hungry Horse chain.

It now has a large family restaurant and an over-18s sports bar.