Memorial to remember all

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THE Sheffield Blitz was a defining moment in the history of this city. Both tragic and heroic, those two nights in December 1940 brought devastation and determination in equal measure.

But the bombers did not only visit on those two occasions. More death and destruction was rained on Sheffield during the course of the war.

And memories of those other raids has led a Sheffield man to ask that a proposed memorial for the Blitz victims should also remember those whose lives were lost in other raids on the city.

John Griffin says five of his relatives lost their lives when a parachute mine hit their Southey Hill home the year after the Blitz and he makes a well-timed plea that they should not be overlooked in any proposed memorial.

To date the city has been somewhat restrained in establishing tributes to the victims of bombing raids on Sheffield. This is understandable. In the immediate aftermath, and for some years beyond, the emphasis was on rebuilding lives and property.

But the mood is changing and the time has for a fitting memorial to those whose lives were snuffed out by the bombs of the Second World War. And we agree that this should include all who lost their lives in those dark days.

There’s still time to turn back clock

THE floods which ravaged our county back in 2007 showed just how vulnerable are our communities to the natural world around us. And they threw the spotlight on one school of thought which is that man’s interference with our natural habitat has left us at the mercy of extreme weather patterns.

This does not have to be the case for ever. And a scheme on the outskirts of Doncaster shows that the clock can be turned back for the benefit of all. Around 150 acres of land beside the River Don has been restored to freshwater habitat nearly 400 years after they were drained to create arable land.

Wildlife has colonised the area and the potential for flood water to be diverted is becoming a distinct possibility.

Jump to success

SHEFFIELD has a growing international reputation as a city of sport and rightly so, with some of the finest facilities in the world.

Now sports chiefs, tourism bosses and city leaders are building on this with the Yorkshire International Showjumping Event at Sheffield Arena in April.

There was a time when industrial Sheffield would have been shunned for such an event, in favour of the likes of Harrogate or Leeds. But it shows how far we’ve come to become renowned as a centre of sporting excellence.

Local folk are the real winners, with the spectacle bringing more sport, attracting more visitors and putting more money in local pockets.

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