OLYMPIC superstar Jessica Ennis will be formally granted Sheffield’s greatest honour after a full council meeting early next month.
Councillors from all parties will be asked on Wednesday September 5, at a meeting in the Town Hall’s grand debating chamber, to approve a motion for the champion heptathlete to be given the Freedom of the City.
The 26-year-old from Millhouses will join other sports stars such as former England cricket captain Michael Vaughan, who was granted the ancient honour after he led the national side to Ashes victory in 2005.
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg today welcomed the news.
The Sheffield Hallam MP said: “Over the last few days and weeks Jessica has become a global Sheffield superstar.
“It is only right that our city awards its highest possible honour and I’m delighted that a date has now been set.
“I’m tremendously proud that one of my constituents will shortly be entering into this exclusive club.
“Jessica’s achievement has inspired a generation and she will quite rightly go down in history as one of the greatest ever Sheffielders.”
Sheffield Council leader Julie Dore announced Jessica would be granted the honour at a huge civic ceremony last Friday.
She added today: “Jessica is a fantastic role model for our young people. She has helped reinforce Sheffield’s reputation as a city of sport and her fantastic achievements deserve the highest honour of the city.
“It will be a privilege to award her the Freedom of the City. We take this to full council for formal approval.”