Golden girl Jess will be given Sheffield’s top honour

File photo dated 17/08/2012 of Great Britain's Jessica Ennis celebrating with her gold medal during her Olympic homecoming in Sheffield city centre. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Saturday August 18, 2012. Olympics golden girl Ennis told thousands of people in her home city: �SThis is my home and this is the place that I love.⬝ More than 10,000 are thought to have crammed into Sheffield city centre last night to welcome the gold medal-winning heptathlete back. Many at the front of the barriers had waited for more than four hours for Ennis to appear on the stage outside the City Hall. When she stepped out and waved to the crowd, she was greeted by deafening cheers and a sea of Union flags. Ennis told the vast crowd: "Thank you so much to every single one of you here.⬝ See PA story OLYMPICS Homecoming. Photo credit should read: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire
File photo dated 17/08/2012 of Great Britain's Jessica Ennis celebrating with her gold medal during her Olympic homecoming in Sheffield city centre. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Saturday August 18, 2012. Olympics golden girl Ennis told thousands of people in her home city: �SThis is my home and this is the place that I love.⬝ More than 10,000 are thought to have crammed into Sheffield city centre last night to welcome the gold medal-winning heptathlete back. Many at the front of the barriers had waited for more than four hours for Ennis to appear on the stage outside the City Hall. When she stepped out and waved to the crowd, she was greeted by deafening cheers and a sea of Union flags. Ennis told the vast crowd: "Thank you so much to every single one of you here.⬝ See PA story OLYMPICS Homecoming. Photo credit should read: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire
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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.”