Rousing Rony helps hunt for speech venue in Sheffield

Rony Robinson tries out Speakers' Corner on Fargate
Rony Robinson tries out Speakers' Corner on Fargate
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Lend us your ear – and help with the search to find the ideal spot in Sheffield for a dedicated Speakers’ Corner.

Three different speeches were performed in the city centre in a bid to work out where would be best for a permanent soapbox.

The talks crossed the generations and the decades as three Sheffielders took their turn using memory, paper and an ipad as prompts.

BBC Radio Sheffield’s Rony Robinson was first up with his piece on Edward Carpenter – ending with a rousing version of England Arise.

Thirteen-year-old Jordan Bernard, of Meadowhead School, created her own mix of well-known speeches and song lyrics ranging from TLC and Bob Marley to Martin Luther King.

And performer and writer Corinne Heritage read a poem written by Maya Angelou for Bill Clinton’s inauguration.

The trio carried out their performances on Fargate, before moving to Tudor Square and then outside the Town Hall.

Saturday’s event was organised by the Speakers’ Corner Trust and tied in with Local Newspapers Week’s theme of freedom of speech.

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