RESIDENTS living near a new cycle route being built on the edge of Sheffield are being asked to nominate a local personality to be immortalised in steel along the trail.
Cycling charity Sustrans is building the link between Halfway and Killamarsh, funded through the National Lottery, and is including a ‘portrait bench’ sculpture including a well-known face from each area the Connect2 route passes through.
Afghanistan war hero Corporal Liam Riley, aged 21, from Killamarsh, who was killed in action last year, has been chosen as the face from North East Derbyshire.
To stand alongside him, Sheffield residents can choose from Clinton Woods, Peter Wolstenholme, Mary Foulds, Sheila Teather or Dorothy Walton.
John Bann, head of transport and highways at Sheffield Council, said: “We welcome the portrait bench that Sustrans will provide along the course of the new route as a fantastic feature that will honour respected local characters.
To vote, residents can head to the Crystal Peaks library at Peak Square and use the ballot box.
Alternatively voting can be done online on the Sheffield Council’s South East Assembly page www.sheffield.gov.uk/portraitbench.
A further vote is to be held in Rotherham to find a local figure from the town who will also be added to the portrait bench on the Connect2 route.