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Day that launched career of Doncaster sporting hero

A Doncastrian name firmly etched in boxing history is that of Bruce Woodcock, who began his professional career 75 years ago this month.

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Chelsea College of Physical Education students with Doncaster's Linda Gray top left

Appeal for help to find former Doncaster woman

The search is on for a former PE student from Doncaster, and it is hoped Free Press readers might provide the missing piece to a 50-years old jigsaw.

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Former Doncaster Rovers player and manager Peter Doherty (left).

On this day: End of Doherty’s Rovers reign

Nearly 60 years ago this week, the curtain came down on one of the most successful spells in Doncaster Rovers’ history.

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The Winter Cumbrian Mountain Express steams over the Ribblehead Viaduct on the Settle Carlisle line, hauled by the double headed Black 5s 44871 and 45407 instead of the Flying Scotsman after it broke down mid week.  23 January 2016.  Picture Bruce Rollinson

End of an era for Doncaster’s famous locomotive

This month in 1963 was a momentous one for the Flying Scotsman - Doncaster’s most famous locomotive.

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RETRO: Taking a step back to look at the history of the city’s works

RETRO: Taking a step back to look at the history of the city’s works

Taking a step back in time, this week we take a look at Sheffield buildings of years gone by.

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Coronation Street's Ena Sharples, actress Violet Carson, puts the washing in after opening a new laundrette in Lower Ince in 1967.

Retro: Is this the real thing or is this just fantasy?

I can’t believe how incredibly caring people are. It’s most heart-warming. After Maria Connor was sentenced to a term of imprisonment in Coronation Street, there was an immediate campaign launched on Twitter to ‘Free the Weatherfield One’

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Retro: Wheel deal for studios which began life as works

Retro: Wheel deal for studios which began life as works

Today’s bit of Sheffield 
history that falls under my magnifying glass is what is now the Yellow Arch 
Studios on Burton Road.

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The big freeze of 1947 - snow at Edale

Retro: Looking back on the coldest winter in three centuries

It was one of the most brutal and harshest winters in living memory – and this week in Retro we’re looking back 70 years to the infamous winter of 1947.

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Haxey Hood in 1986. Pictured l-r are Lord of the Hood Stan Boor, chief boggin Arthur Clarke, and Gary Stevens.  Picture: Liz Mockler E1712LM

Retro: The good old days of the Haxey Hood

It is one of Britain’s oldest and most fascinating traditions – and by the time you ready this, the annual rough and tumble of the centuries old Haxey Hood will have come to its muddy, bruising and beer-fuelled conclusion for another year.

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The Beatles: "no future"

THIS WEEK REWIND: When The Beatles were rejected as having "no future"

This week 55 years ago saw budding band, who would become musical legends The Beatles, dismissed as having " no future in show business".
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Rovers fans look on as the last game at Belle Vue gets underway

Retro: Final farewell as Belle Vue says goodbye

Nearly 10 years ago this week, a ball was kicked at Doncaster Rovers’ Belle Vue ground for the very last time.

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once St. Jude's Church School

Retro: Slums where raw sewage ran through the streets

Today’s subject is now rarely seen by the general public – only ladies of the night and their customers may know of it.

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Buffalo Bill's Wild west

Retro: When real Wild West stars came riding into Sheffield

The musical Annie Get Your Gun at the Crucible features famous sharpshooter Annie Oakley, and the real Annie visited Sheffield 125 years ago.

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The NUM picture with Dennis Bayley

Retro: Miners and bosses’ war effort

I have always enjoyed reading detective fiction and watching a gripping detective drama on TV or at the cinema.

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Retro: Bard’s poem to mark disaster

Retro: Bard’s poem to mark disaster

‘Bard of Barnsley’ Ian McMillan is supporting events to mark the 150th anniversary of England’s worst mining catastrophe.

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The old Evening Post works on North Bridge.

Retro: The day the bridge came back to town

It was four years ago this month that one of Doncaster’s most important, yet also most unloved, transport routes raced back into life for the first time in more than a decade.

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Antiques Column with Michael Dowse: Stainless steel wedding gift of choice

Antiques Column with Michael Dowse: Stainless steel wedding gift of choice

In 1913, Harry Brearley working in a research laboratory in Sheffield discovered ‘rustless’ steel and became credited as its inventor.

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Flying Scotsman

On This Day 1934: The day loco broke a record

It was 82 years ago next week that a Doncaster-built locomotive roared into the record books and arguably cemented herself as the most famous steam engine of all time.

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Antiques Column: Canterbury tales and tribulations

Antiques Column: Canterbury tales and tribulations

The Canterbury, in the most basic terms, is a low, open-top piece of furniture with partitions or slats for storing sheet music, often made with additional storage in the bottom in the form of a drawer – or, in modern terms, a magazine rack.

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Star Retro wants your 1974 memories

1974: We want YOUR memories

We welcome all our audience's recollections from 42 autumns ago.

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