Let’s do this all over again

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IF the world was in need of reminder that Sheffield is a proud city of sport and music it certainly got one thanks to Sheftival - or, as some will remember it, as ‘Jess-tival’.

A new music and sports festival, in the middle of the school summer holidays, may have appeared a little ambitious when organisers first championed the unique event.

But music and sport are a winning combination when it comes to uniting and inspiring people.

And the crowds did come, in their thousands - for a mix of chart-topping pop stars and sporting activities on a 25-acres site, which showcased some of the city’s great venues, including the Don Valley Stadium, Motorpoint Arena, iceSheffield, English Institute of Sport and Don Valley Bowl.

It was always timed to coincide with Jessica Ennis going for gold and the fairytale icing on the cake came as festival-goers cheered her win on a big screen in the stadium where she was discovered.

If gold medals were handed out to festival organisers then Dave Healy, Sheffield International Venues, the team from Real Radio and others would be on the top podium. Let’s hope we don’t have to wait four years for another Olympics to do it all over again.

Fitting tribute by a devoted mother

MUM Nicolette Williams is an inspiring woman.

When her son Christopher died in Afghanistan, she could have fallen apart.

But the tragedy of senior aircraftsman Williams death prompted his mum to get on the campaign trail.

She worked tirelessly to fundraise for a war memorial in Shiregreen Cemetery - the only burial ground in the city without a memorial - and has now reached her £35,000 target.

Her’s is a fantastic achievement, typical of the resilience and fortitude which epitomses this Shiregreen woman. The memorial will be a fitting achievement to a brave serviceman from his loving and courageous mum.

He’s just the job

THE job of pest controller takes a special sort of person.

And thankfully, Malcolm Dent is that sort of person. He deals with the unwanted guests which plague our homes. Whether it’s bees, wasps, squirrels or rats, Malcolm has the answer. Which is most welcome news because most of us don’t want to know. People like Malcolm help our lives run smoothly and we are grateful for their expertise.