Here are a few facts about Rotherham, put together by out Rotherham storage team. How many did you know?
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To Me… To You
The Chuckle Brothers, Barry Elliott and Paul Elliott, were born in Rotherham. The comedy duo was most well known for their BBC children’s television programme ‘Chuckle Vision’. They were made honorary presidents of Rotherham United’s football club in 2007, and in they received the British Academy Children’s Award in 2008.
I’m sure we all know who the Chuckle Brothers are, but something you might not have known is that they weren’t the only comedy duo in the family – they had two older brothers, Jimmy and Brian who were known as the Patton Brothers.
Downton Abbey Motion Picture
The 2019 period drama ‘Downton Abbey’ follows the lives of the Crawley family and their downstairs staff, set in a Yorkshire country estate. The ballroom scenes were filmed at Wentworth Woodhouse, a stately home situated in Rotherham, which you can actually visit! The room looks fit for royalty, and Wentworth house really was used to host the King and Queen (King George V and Queen Mary), who visited the house in 1912.
Also, the whole Downton Abbey series is currently on Netflix if you fancied giving it a watch.
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Magna Science Adventure Centre
This is a great family day out where you can explore interactive exhibits and is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the region. They have four different pavilions linked to the four elements – Earth, Air, Fire and Water. The Magna Science Adventure Centre is located in the former Templeborough steelworks, and the ‘big melt show’ brings to life the story of steelmaking. During the industrial revolution, Rotherham was well known for its coal mining and steel industry, so it’s great to see how this history is being represented today!
Presenter James May spent his teenage years in South Yorkshire and attended Oakwood Comprehensive School in Rotherham. He was also a choirboy at Whiston Parish Church – strange we haven’t heard his dulcet tones while on Top Gear or The Grand Tour!
Jeremy Clarkson, co-star on Top Gear and The Grand Tour, also has links to Rotherham. He trained to become a journalist at the ‘Rotherham Advertiser’ in the early 1980s. Despite going on to become a TV presenter, Clarkson still uses his journalistic talents and writes regular articles in The Sun and The Sunday Times, so we can thank Rotherham for that!