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Focusing on the people who have made their mark on the town...

Artist Derek Allport has just started a major new project, drawing attention to the area's memorable characters.
"These people come under the heading of Wasn't he/she a real character.'
Sometimes they are also community stalwarts or achievers, but mostly they are Individuals who leave a trail of stories behind them.
An example would be the Cut stories about Billy Biggs. People would say Is Billy in It?'
We will feature one character per month for an Indefinite period. I hope I can bring a smile to your face."


Former Denaby Main miner Benny Wilkinson (85) is known as the 'Conisbrough Poet' after writing hundreds of poems relating to places and events around Mexborough where he grew up and later Denaby and Conisbrough.

Benny has been awarded the Radio Sheffield Poet Laureate award and the 'Pride in Doncaster Lifetime Achievement' award.

His poems 'Denaby Neetmares' and Tom Cat' have travelled the world, Benny has appeared in clubs doing comedy routines and poetry readings.

Perhaps his most moving work is his poem about the Cadeby pit disaster of 1912.