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SHEFFIELD has struck gold with its latest tourist attraction - the gold painted Royal Mail post box celebrating new Olympic champion Jessica Ennis.

Sports fans from far and wide are flocking to have their photo taken next to it in Barker’s Pool.

Tourism gold: Olympic heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis is honoured with a  red post box painted gold in Barker's Pool, Sheffield. Photo: David Higgens/PA Wire.

Tourism gold: Olympic heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis is honoured with a red post box painted gold in Barker's Pool, Sheffield. Photo: David Higgens/PA Wire.

One man claimed to have travelled all the way from London to see it.

And newlyweds Lizzie and Steve Roche, who married on the day Jessica won her heptathlon gold, also posed for pictures at the postbox.

They visited as it was being specially painted, they day after the couple tied the knot at Sheffield’s Weston Park Museum on Saturday, August 4.

Teacher Mrs Roche, age 29, said: “I saw Jessica on our school sports day at the English Institute of Sport, and she came over to have photos taken with the kids.

“She was very patient and kind with them.”

Meanwhile, council bosses in Sheffield said yesterday that talks are currently under way with the gold medal winner herself, to see what she wants to have “as a lasting legacy following her success.”

Council leader Julie Dore said: “Jessica is now, without doubt, a local hero.

“Not only is this a personal fantastic achievement for Jess, her family and her team, but it is also a great success for Sheffield.

“There are several options to mark her success but, most importantly, we need to consider Jess and her family’s feelings on any suggestions to make sure what is done is what they would want to see.”

* The Star is campaigning to have Sheffield’s Don Valley Stadium re-named after heptathlon champ Jessica, as a long-lasting legacy to inspire future generations of athletes. It’s where she was discovered and she still trains there.

What do you think? How should Jessica’s Olympic achievement be honoured in her home city?

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