Megan Wallace explores the Barnsley Chronicle archives... 1982

AT the tender age of 15, schoolboy boxer John Marples has already had his share of success.

He has captained the England side in an international tournament against Wales and in Newcastle last week, he became the National Association of Boys Clubs’ Champion.

John, who lives in Sheffield but is a member of Grimethorpe Amateur Boxing Club, has been boxing for the past four years. Before that, he was involved with karate but the noble art has now taken over completely.

BARNSLEY Area Conservation volunteers have been boosted by the donation of a specially-adapted Bedford van from the Paul Sykes Organisation.

The van will be used to transport members and equipment to the volunteers’ tasks such as land reclamation and dry stone walling.

Paul Sykes said he had donated the van at a cost of £2,000 because he was impressed by the volunteers’ efforts to improve Barnsley’s environment.

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ANY wage increase above that already offered to the miners could lead to pit redundancies, a National Coal Board spokesman said this week.

Meanwhile the national Union of mineworkers has argued that the government’s recent mini-budget has substantially increased miners’ costs of living since the union framed its ‘unarguable’ case for rises between £13.20 to £28.65 a week higher than those offered by the board.

A CHARITY which folded nearly ten years ago has been revived and local organisations are to benefit to the tune of £300.

Royston United Charities which dates back to the 17th century has not functioned since 1973, when the former Royston Urban Council was taken over by Barnsley Borough Council.

But now the go-ahead has been given to revive the charity.

A BARNSLEY lad has found fame and fortune as a rock star in Japan.

On his recent visit, Paul Hampshire, 19, was mobbed by fans after appearing on television and radio. Pull-out posters were given away in magazines, featuring him in full colour.

Things have happened very quickly for Paul, who left The Danse Society, with whom he played synthesiser, and headed for London at the beginning of last year. He joined a group called Panache, playing synthesiser, and it was the group’s Japanese drummer who inspired the others to visit the country.

The lads did a promotional tour of Japan to coincide with the release of their singles and they were amazed by the response they received.

ILLUSTRATIONS devised and drawn by a Barnsley artist are to be used by the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament in their fight against the bomb.

Paul Morton, who has previously designed badges for CND, has had two designs accepted by the parent Yorkshire organisation.

And they have sponsored the printing of 5,000 of each in post card form for campaign use nationally. Paul, a 24-year-old freelance illustrator who lives on Dodworth Road, is now working on a series of follow-up CND designs, in between his regular work for books and magazines.