Born in Stannington, Peter Holmes has just rejoined Sheffield private hire company Mercury Taxis as business development manager. Peter, aged 51, now lives in Hoyland, Barnsley, with his two sons - Alfie, two, and Christopher, 25. He’s a lifelong Sheffield Wednesday supporter, cricket fanatic and proud member of Millhouses Works Cricket Club. Peter has organised Mercury’s annual golf day today (Thursday), fundraising for St Luke’s Hospice and Sheffield Children’s Hospital.
Having been brought up in a strong Sheffield Wednesday family, I have my late father to thank for introducing me to the many highs and lows of being an Owls supporter.
Having seen the blue and white wizards play in Europe, at Wembley, in the Premier League and on numerous other occasions, I think I’ll settle for that. I can still remember to this day seeing my first ever game at Hillsborough against Carlisle United and beating them 3-0, ever since then I’ve had the bug!
Millhouses Park and
Being a member of Sheffield Works Department Cricket Club - now known as Millhouses Works CC - for the past 33 years, our two home grounds during that time – Olive Grove and of late Millhouses Park – have almost become second homes to me.
I’ve enjoyed many successful seasons, and some disappointing ones might I add, playing with the club. I’m now approaching the end of my playing career, but the many happy, long afternoons and evenings that I’ve spent at both of these Sheffield venues will long stay in my memory.
Myers Grove School
When I attended between 1973 and 1978 it was one of ‘the schools’ to attend which laid out the foundations for all, now sometimes sadly missing in today’s society. The old place still brings a tingle to the spine when I drive back up Wood Lane to visit my relatives. A great place to learn ‘back in the day’- and great teaching by the staff.
Elsecar Park & Café
Slightly cheating with this one, I know - but nowadays I live in Hoyland, and Elsecar Park has got to be one of my favourite haunts on a weekend with my two year old son Alfie.
In recent times, the small café has re-opened, the locals have embraced it with open arms and the tenants are doing a fantastic job.
It’s very often a hive of activity on a warm day and with the pitch and putt, crazy golf, an excellent play area, a huge sand pit, a chance to feed the ducks at the edge of the reservoir and a great old-fashioned bandstand for the kids to run around - it’s a sure-fire winner for anyone with small children to visit.
They also make a fantastic cup of tea in the café and have a great range of snacks and sandwiches – including excellent bacon butties. Not to be missed.
Beres Sandwich Shops
I’ve never tasted pork sandwiches anywhere like them – and believe me, looking at my waistline you can see I’ve had a few!
Working at Mercury’s headquarters in S10, their shop on Crookes is never too far down the batting order on the sandwich run list and usually gets a ‘call’ once a week from us at the office.
I recently re-visited the park and the whole place was heaving with people. It reminded me of the days of the old ‘Sheffield Show’ in Hillsborough Park.
The sun was shining and the whole atmosphere was a good and joyous one with the funfair doing a roaring trade.