Megan Wallace takes a look through the Barnsley Chronicle archives: 1993.

A FIRM which has been making plenty of dough since becoming established at Wombwell six years ago is now to put the cream on the cake.

Haywood and Padgett, whose Aldham Industrial Estate production plant turns out three-and-a-half million scones each week and whose customers have included British Airways for Concorde catering - is to start a further project with a new factory unit on the Carlton Industrial Estate at Barnsley.

The new factory will initially provide 12 jobs, and in addition the Wombwell plant is shortly to increase its workforce by about 40, all to be recruited locally.

Production of scones will continue at the 7,500 sq ft Wombwell factory - in addition to which the firm has two 2,000 sq ft storage units on the same site - and the 5,000 sq. ft Carlton premises will be devoted entirely to adding jam and cream for a new line of sales.

A DODWORTH couple who ignored United Nations advice and risked their lives on a lone Christmas mercy mission to war-torn Bosnia have vowed to return.

Paul and Jackie Ryalls, of Farrow Close, dodged bombs and bullets and endured freezing weather on the trip in a Transit van to Zenica, an isolated town about 15 miles from Sarajevo.

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When the couple, who took blankets, clothing, food, toothbrushes, shampoo, nappies and other aid with them, arrived back in Barnsley on New Year’s Eve they found they had been burgled.

Mrs Ryalls, aged 53, said: “It was an emotionally and spiritually draining trip. I don’t think I have prayed so much - both for our own safety and for some of the refugees. Time and time again, we found ourselves apologising for how little aid we took.

“The plight of the people is so desperate, we were treated almost as saviours.”

A BARNSLEY company has landed more than £200,000 work in Europe and Britain.

BSB Erections (Barnsley) Ltd, which is part of the BSB Holdings (Cudworth) Group of Companies, started work on Monday on an £80,000 contract installing storage racking systems for a company at Gottingen, 50 miles south of Hanover in Germany.

The company is also working on a £120,000 contract for a Dutch company on sites at Geldermalsan, Kerkerial and Den Dunger in Holland. Group managing director Len Batty said the company started looking for work in Europe at the end of last summer.

AMBITIOUS plans to buy and restore Barnsley’s only purpose-built theatre - the Theatre Royal - to its original splendour were announced this week.

Theatre lovers behind the plans for the Wellington Street theatre - dubbed Barnsley’s ‘Sleeping Beauty’ - are reluctant to estimate how much the scheme may cost but admit that they are talking in millions rather than thousands of pounds.

The rebirth of the Grade II listed theatre begins officially at a public launch to be held in the theatre on January 24.