Call for public to join Olympic send-off

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COUNCIL bosses are calling on the people of Sheffield to continue to show the Olympic spirit in a send-off to Great Britain’s athletes.

Sheffield Council is reminding members of the public of the celebration for homegrown talent selected to represent London 2012 in the Peace Gardens between 1pm and 2.30pm today.

The Steel City’s golden girl Jessica Ennis will join swimmer Ellie Faulkner and volleyball player Rachel Layborn at the event. It will celebrate those athletes already selected for this summer’s Games, along with the hopefuls who are still waiting to hear if they have been selected.

Each athlete will take to the stage in front of the crowd to tell their story and pose for pictures.

Bosses are hoping for a good turnout after thousands of people lined the streets when the Olympic torch relay made its way through the city on Monday and yesterday.

About 20,000 people packed out the centre to watch as the Olympic flame was carried into Barker’s Pool on Monday.

Coun Julie Dore, council leader, said: “Sheffield wants to give our Olympic and Paralympic athletes a great send off and wish them well in their endeavours at the Games, which will shortly be upon us.

“It is such a momentous achievement to take part in the greatest sporting events on earth and each and everyone of them is an excellent ambassador for their city.

“We are all so proud of them and will be cheering them on.”