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Celebrate our region

Did you know today is Yorkshire Day? Any readers who didn’t will certainly be aware of it now, thanks to our special supplement packed with tales from people proud to be Yorkshire born and bred. Admittedly, it’s sometimes easy to feel like Sheffield, Rotherham, Barnsley and Doncaster are set apart from the huge, historic county of Yorkshire itself, whether because of traditional rivalries or simply hometown pride. But that is a great shame. Yorkshire as a whole has a vibrant, strong identity, and the region contributes enormously to the rest of the UK. Today is the day when all of us – from the Dales in the north to Whitby on the east coast and Sheffield in the south – should join together and celebrate the glorious White Rose county.

A blooming success

Congratulations must go to Oughtibridge horticulturist Phil Hirst, whose garden commemorating 100 years of stainless steel production in Sheffield picked up first prize at one of the country’s top flower shows. And now green-fingered Phil’s creation is coming home, with plans being made for it to be replanted in the grounds of a new retirement scheme in Stocksbridge. We’re very much looking forward to admiring his award-winning handiwork.

Protecting the legacy

Plans to provide a suitable substitute for soon-to-close Don Valley Stadium are continuing apace with the announcement Sheffield Hallam University is to run the Woodbourn Road athletics ground. It is said this will help protect Sheffield’s Olympic legacy – but the £70,000 annual fund being made available does not sound like the sum needed to nurture another generation of gold medal winners. We dearly hope enough is being done – otherwise the city genuinely will never see the likes of Jessica Ennis-Hill again.