Picture perfect for former Sheffield King’s girls

NSST 'King Ecgbert School pupils, Chris Doyle and Samantha Turner accept a painting of Jess Ennis from artist Jean Atkin
NSST 'King Ecgbert School pupils, Chris Doyle and Samantha Turner accept a painting of Jess Ennis from artist Jean Atkin
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ONE is a gold medal-winning Olympic athlete - the other an enthusiastic amateur artist.

One hails from Millhouses and the other Manor Top.

But Jessica Ennis and Jean Atkin do have at least a couple of things in common.

For a start they are both Sheffield lasses.

Not only that but they both went to the same school, albeit a few decades apart.

Hepthalete Jess, aged 26, who took gold at the London Olympics, and artist Jean, aged 68, were both pupils of King Ecgbert’s School.

And now the school has been gifted a constant reminder of the pair of them - Jean’s portrait of Jess.

Jean, a member of the Handsworth Art Group, completed the painting in acrylics after being inspired by photographs of Jess’ incredible performance which were carried in The Star.

Once she had finished her masterpiece she had it professionally framed and offered it to the school.

And King Ecgbert’s was only too happy to accept her offer.

Said Jean: “I like painting portraits and particularly those of sports people, even though I’m not much of a sports fan myself.

“It’s nice because Jess is from Sheffield and I really wanted to celebrate her achievement.

“I enjoyed painting it and it looks really nice in the new frame.

“And I thought that as we both attended King Ecgbert’s the school might like it.”