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SHEFFIELD likes to pride itself on leading the way in most things. But when it comes to the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee we are in danger of lagging behind our local neighbours.

For Sheffield is the only local council which will not be marking the momentous anniversary in any way.

That is a far cry from the proud tradition this city has shown in the past of showing its true, loyal colours.

Indeed the town hall, from which councillors have apparently taken the decision to implement what can be judged to be nothing less than a municipal snub of the monarchy, was officially opened by Queen Victoria 115 years ago this month.

The city’s forefathers were pleased and proud to show their loyalty to the crown then. And royal visits to the city over the years have always been deeply popular with many people in Sheffield, not least councillors and officials who attended official functions to mark the occasions.

Meanwhile community groups have shown that there is a strong royalist streak to be found at grassroots level in Sheffield with dozens of enquiries about local street parties.

The city council ought to have second thoughts and show that, even in these austere times, it recognises how special is this occasion in the nation’s history.

Praise for police in cannabis fight

OUR county is in the front line when it comes to the battle against cannabis farms. For more such enterprises have been unearthed here than anywhere else in the country.

This success is purely down to the hard work of the law enforcement agencies who have mounted determined efforts to clamp down on this law-breaking activity.

This revelation comes as the Association of Chief Police Officers unveiled the growing problem across the country of cannabis farmers, too many of whom are linked to organised crime.

We congratulate local police and look forward to further successes in eradicating this menace from our streets.

Use mayoral vote

A DEBATE, hosted by The Star, last night showed that there is great passion felt on the question of an elected mayor to lead Sheffield. And we hope that those who attended found the experience enlightening and useful to guide them on Thursday when they take part in the referendum on the topic. This is a key moment in the democratic life of Sheffield and we urge everyone to make sure they take part.