Park Library has been a landm ark since Edwardian times and is now also a tribute to the hard work of its local community. It is thanks to the dedication of members of Park Community Action that it has bounced back. They fought to make sure the venue was not lost as an asset to the people of Park, Manor and Wybourn. Their aim was to fill the hole where the pool had been and create a sports hall for used by the community. Now the Duke Street building has brought together its library, meeting rooms, cafe and sports hall thanks to the completion of a re-modelling project. It is used by hundreds of people of all ages every week and stands not only as a beacon of hope for the future, but also a reminder of how communities can unite to help themselves.
The death of a child has to be one of the worst things anyone can experience. Fortunately, for most of us it is unimaginable but that nightmare became a reality for Vanessa Williams. Her youngest child Gareth died at the age of six with an untreatable brain tumour. She started to come to terms with her loss thanks to volunteers at Care For The Family and has now found the strength to help others in the same situation. That is true strength and generosity of spirit in awful circumstances.
Last waltz for our Bert
Bert Cooper was one of Sheffield’s last D-Day veterans. He fought in the first assault of ground troops who waded ashore in Normandy aged 19 and died just hours after dancing one final waltz with his wife Sheila, aged 88. What a remarkable life and what a debt we as a city and country still owe Bert and all those who battled alongside him, sacrificing so much. He was a real-life Private Ryan and a true inspiration. Keep waltzing Bert – you’ll be missed.