A victory for decent fans

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IT’S a story which had a dreadful beginning but after months of hard work will get the happy ending it deserves. When Kevin ‘Sid’ Taylor was attacked by a thug on his way home from a Sheffield Wednesday match, he suffered terrible brain injuries.

We have since followed his progress and our stories inspired Owls fan Darryl Hancock to launch his campaign for Sid to hand over the match ball on the Steel City derby day.

His campaign touched fans across the country, from Wrexham to Norwich, with all of them united in their determination to Give Sid The Ball.

There were details to resolve with sponsors, but everyone involved worked hard for Sid.

And, as long as his recovery stays on track, we are delighted to report that Sid will now be invited to present the ball to the teams before kick-off at Hillsborough in February next year.

It’s rare that this city is united in cheering a single result, particularly where a derby match is concerned. But on this occasion it is the result everyone wanted...and a victory for decent fans.

Never forget our obligations to kids

WITH so many cuts and economies imposed on the public sector it is easy to fall into the trap of slashing the knife across all services in an impartial manner while uttering the mantra ‘we’re all in it together’.

Meanwhile those passionate about the services they provide will continue to make the argument that they should be treated as a special case.

This is laudable and speaks highly of their determination to serve the public.

However, the cuts have to fall somewhere and, indeed, it is only fair to spread out the burden.

But exceptions should be made where children are concerned. And that is why we are delighted that a £13 million makeover for Bents Green special school has just been completed and shows that the city understands its duty to helping needy children.

We should never forget that obligation as it helps to define how civilised is our society.

Icon in bronze

WHEN it was unveiled 21 years ago, nobody would have dreamed that the statue of three steelworkers eternally labouring away at Meadowhall would become a city icon. But that certainly is the case now after it became a talking point for the hundreds of thousands of shoppers who visited the century. And we are sure that they will continue to admire and befriend the genial giants when they are established in their new home at the opposite end of the mall. The statue is a reminder to all who would inflict some of the more abstract designs that when it comes to public art the public knows what it likes.