26/Jul/2014 - Last News Update: 18:04

Jessica Ennis to be consulted about Sheffield honour

Category: England

Published: 6th Aug 2012 16:59:14

Jessica Ennis's home city is to consult with her before deciding the best way to permanently mark her Olympic gold medal-winning efforts.

Sheffield council leader Julie Dore said the city could not wait to welcome back the heptathlon winner Saturday.

Suggestions about the best way to pay tribute to Ennis's victory include renaming one of the city's squares to erecting statues in her honour.

Ms Dore said it was important not to rush a decision.

A civic reception will be held and Ms Dore said she will recommend to councillors that Ennis be given the freedom of the city, the highest honour the council can bestow.

"I know people are wanting a long-lasting legacy for Jessica," she said.

"There's been all sorts of suggestions mentioned, from renaming squares to renaming roads to renaming buildings, all sorts of different things.

"We need to sit down with Jessica, her team, her parents and work out between us what's the most appropriate and fitting legacy for Jessica."

Ms Dore spoke as a banner celebrating Ennis's achievement was put up on the front of the town hall.

She added: "I think it's a fantastic, incredible, phenomenal achievement.

"A young woman, born and bred in Sheffield. She's worked so hard and she's so dedicated and committed to her sport.

"She deserves everything she's got. She's one of ours.

"We're so proud of her in Sheffield. We can't wait for her to come home and bring that gold medal with her."

People were queuing on Monday to take photographs of the post box outside the city hall which the Royal Mail painted gold in the athlete's honour.

Meanwhile, former council leader Paul Scriven, is leading a campaign to rename the city centre's Tudor Square in Ennis's honour.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, MP for Sheffield Hallam, has also called for her to be granted the freedom of the city.

Source:
BBC News External Link Show Citation

Latest News

Harvard Citation

BBC News, 2012. Jessica Ennis to be consulted about Sheffield honour [Online] (Updated 6th Aug 2012)
Available at: http://www.ukwirednews.com/news/1444781/Jessica-Ennis-to-be-consulted-about-Sheffield-honour [Accessed 26th Jul 2014]

News In Other Categories

  • English councils propose 'Tesco tax'

    A group of local councils in England is formally asking the government for new powers to tax large supermarkets.
  • Fiddler on the Roof's 50 years of musical success

    It's exactly half a century since the premiere of Fiddler on the Roof - among the most successful stage musicals written to date. In 1964 Sheldon Harnick and his colleagues worried that the setting, a small Jewish township in eastern Europe in the early 1900s, might limit the show's appeal. But, says Harnick, the show's real subject is a universal one - family.
  • Hundreds join Belfast Gaza protest

    More than 500 people have joined a march in Belfast in protest against Israeli actions in Gaza.
  • Fiddler on the Roof's 50 years of musical success

    It's exactly half a century since the premiere of Fiddler on the Roof - among the most successful stage musicals written to date. In 1964 Sheldon Harnick and his colleagues worried that the setting, a small Jewish township in eastern Europe in the early 1900s, might limit the show's appeal. But, says Harnick, the show's real subject is a universal one - family.
  • Bristol Academy extends reach overseas with first foreign students

    With the doors to its brand new £1million training centre officially open, one of the UK's leading apprentice training providers, Bristol based S&B Automotive Academy, is showcasing its world-class facilities by launching a series of foreign student exchanges for the first time in its 41-year history. To get a flavour of what life is like as an apprentice in the UK, the Academy hosted 16 apprentice engineers and bus drivers from the G9 Automotive College in Hamburg, Germany, as part of a Europe-wide vocational training initiative called the ‘Leonardo Programme’ with support from the European Social Fund. In a reciprocal arrangement, S&B will be sending nine apprentices to Germany during February 2012 so that they can get an appreciation of life in the automotive industry on the Continent. A further three German exchange groups are being planned for next year. Designed to assist the development of vocational skills and training across Europe, including work placements for trainees, the Leonardo Programme has a budget of €1.75bn, which is helping to encourage UK organisations to work with their counterparts abroad. In what is expected to be another challenging year for employers in the UK automotive sector, S&B’s Chief Executive, Jon Winter, claims that the exchange initiative will bring many benefits to the Academy and its apprentices: “In a world of global automotive brands, it’s important for our learners to understand the international context of the industry they have chosen to make their career. This new exchange programme will enable apprentices and Academy staff alike to achieve a better understanding of the challenges and opportunities within the automotive arena in Europe. With the Academy’s influence also extending to the USA and Asia, there’s every possibility that this initiative could move further afield in the future.” Continued Winter: “The need for skilled technicians across the world is on the increase and we actively encourage our apprentices to look at broader horizons during their training. Many of them have already learned the phrase ‘Vorsprung durch Gelehrtheit’, quite simply, ‘Advancement through learning.” In the 2010/11 academic year, S&B doubled the number of successful Apprenticeships over the previous year with some 350 apprentices graduating from the Academy. At the same time, achievement levels reached an all-time high with an overall success rate of 85%. For those learners on the Advanced Apprenticeship three-year programme, success rates were even higher, at over 98%. PHOTO CAPTION: As part of their exchange visit, S&B Automotive Academy arranged for the German apprentices to visit Hampshire bus operator, Bluestar, at its Barton Park depot. The students are pictured with S&B’s Andy West (3rd right) and Steve Prewett, Bluestar’s Area Engineering Manager (2nd right). Ends http://www.sandbaa.com
  • Man attacked and robbed by biker gang in North Lanarkshire

    A man suffered a head injury when he was assaulted and robbed by a skinhead on a quad bike with two accomplices.