A CEMETERY is a place where grieving relatives seek comfort and solace in their saddest hours.
And they achieve this through different means, many of them finding comfort by placing treasured items on the graves they lovingly visit.
It takes a heart of stone not to realise how special are these items. Yet, to Sheffield’s shame, some people know no boundaries to outrage. For graves at City Road Cemetery have been systematically damaged, items stolen and – to add insult to this terrible injury – the earth beneath which the deceased are supposed to find rest was trampled and flattened.
Such behaviour suggests a new depth to which some people are prepared to plummet and leaves us numb with disbelief. The heartache this inflicts upon relatives and friends who find graves desecrated can hardly be imagined.
The city council, who are responsible for the vast cemetery, which covers 100 acres, do all they can but in many ways they are powerless to stop this behaviour. Nor can the police be present all the time.
The responsibility for bringing this to an end rests on those who carry out the despicable acts and those who may suspect them. If you are one of the latter, do the decent thing and alert the authorities.
University vital to city prosperity
SHEFFIELD University should be proud to have been voted third best university in the country. For the accolade comes from a survey of the people who probably matter the most – its students!
The survey of the elite Russell Group of universities, conducted by the Times Higher Education Supplement, also found that Sheffield Hallam University has made a huge leap forward in its rating, moving from 42nd position last year to 34th this.
These are tremendous results for two institutions which have a vital role in the prosperity and progress of Sheffield. Well done to all the staff who have worked hard to achieve these accolades.
Our great rivers
THE rebirth of Sheffield’s rivers is one of the great success stories of the past couple of decades. And we are delighted to learn that this is further recognised, this time by an author who has turned his attention to the variety of fish to be found these days in the city’s rivers. Once little more than open sewers, they have been cleaned and turned into wonderful places. In particular it is good to see how the people of Sheffield are enjoying these amenities.