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If you are looking for an inspiring event this summer then one is about to take place right on our doorstep - The Transplant Games.

Transplant survivors will compete in everything from archery to squash to raise awareness of life-saving organ donation. The spectacle gets under way next week when the City Hall hosts an opening ceremony after a parade, led by the England football band marching down from Devonshire Green. The games will take place over four days, involve more than 1,500 people and are expected to generate around £1.5m for the local economy. We are proud that Sheffield has been chosen to host this wonderful event so let’s make sure everyone in the city gives those involved in the games a very warm welcome.

Let’s hear What’s next

So Lord Wolfson, chief executive of retail giant Next, will be giving a talk in Sheffield next month ... not long after accusing the city council of ‘closing its doors for business’. He is, of course, the man who was on the winning side in the planning row over a £10 million Next store at Meadowhall. He is also a peer who does not mince his words. The debate about our central retail spaces continues to be a very hot topic so it will be very interesting to hear this expert’s opinion on what should be done to improve Sheffield’s retail offering. Lord Wolfson, we are all ears.

Mavis won’t let thug win

We were all shocked at the brutality of muggers who battered and robbed 79-year-old Mavis Whitworth as she made her way home from the Blades’ first game of the season against Notts County last Friday. And we were so proud that she stoically refused to give in to them and was right there at the next match cheering on her beloved Blades. Now it is time for the club to give back to this dedicated fan - well done SUFC.