We salute today the bravery of our troops from the Third Battalion, The Yorkshire Regiment, who have returned from Afghanistan.
They have held a series of parades across our region, exercising their rights to the freedom of the boroughs and cities to mark their homecoming. It has been a tough tour of duty with members being sent to the most remote part of Helmand, a tour of duty that saw them lose six of their colleagues when a vehicle was blown up. We should never forget the bravery that these members of our armed forces display on a daily basis - a bravery that was heightened by the brutal murder of Lee Rigby in London in May. That brought home the fact that these people undertake dangerous work every day. We honour and respect them.
Give Olivia an answer
Olivia Pollard is a remarkable little girl. The three-year-old was knocked down in a hit and run earlier this month, but already she is ‘bouncing back’ to health, according to her grandad. Andy Hulse says Olivia is making great progress after suffering a fractured skull. Her recovery is great news. Now her family want to know what happened on July 3. Somebody knows and the onus is on them, for Olivia’s sake, to tell the police.
Fair play to supporters
Supporters of a Sheffield adventure playground have every right to celebrate after a lottery grant allowed the facility to stay open for the summer. The money will pay for a free scheme for youngsters to enjoy outdoor activities like bug hunting and den building at the Highfield Adventures site. It sounds like great fun, so all credit to the Friends group, Sharrow Community Forum and Sharrow Primary School for the plan to take on the playground. It is this kind of community support which keeps such vital facilities open.