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How history defines us

It is so important for children to be aware of this country’s history so we are delighted to see them finding out about the bravery of a Sheffield Great War hero courtesy of the Rotary Club’s Castleton Centre. The base is home to the wooden bungalow given to Sergeant Arnold Loosemore who received the VC for single-handedly killing 23 enemy and rescuing a wounded comrade in 1917. As we approach the 100th anniversary of the war, it is gratifying to see such initiatives because it brings history to life and makes it meaningful to another generation. This is the way to preserve our ancestors’ legacy, a legacy which defines us and inspires us.

Venue still in the swim

Ponds Forge is a swimming venue we are rightly proud of but this week a strange ‘dig’ was made about it. Apparently, the water is too perfect for swimmers, according to leading coach Bill Furniss, who was concerned that times done at Ponds Forge could not be repeated elsewhere. Happily, British Swimming does not share his view as it has decided to stage six national swimming events at Ponds Forge in 2014. This is important because it will bring about £8 million worth of economic benefit to Sheffield from hotel stays and visitor spend. It also re-inforces our view that Ponds Forge remains a symbol of swimming excellence.

Hammerson can help us

The news that shopping scheme developer Hammerson may still be involved in plans for Sheffield’s retail quarter will surprise some but it could be good news. Hammerson has considerable clout and if it chooses to develop land it owns, the message this sends out to others is positive. There is still much work to do on the shopping plan, but having Hammerson on board is preferable to a legal wrangle which will only spell further delays.

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