A GOLDEN touch is the theme of a Sheffield celebration for Olympic champion Jessica Ennis tonight - with fountains at the Peace Gardens transformed to the colour.
Music, sport and the colour gold will dominate the civic reception to mark Jess’ triumphant return to the city after winning a gold medal at the London games.
An outdoor stage at Barker’s Pool is to host the event and Sheffield folk are invited to cheer on the 26-year-old.
Trees and lampposts will be wrapped in gold and people are asked to bring or wear something of that colour to create a ‘sea of gold’.
Heptathlete Jess said: “Winning the Olympics in Britain has exceeded everything I could have ever wished for – I am still in a state of disbelief!
“I have to say a big thank you to both the people of Sheffield who have believed in me and backed me over the years and to the people who were there in the stadium in London who really lifted me every step of the way.”
Jessica will be asked to unveil her Sheffield Legends plaque on stage which has been temporarily removed from outside the town hall and given a golden hue to commemorate her win.
“Jessica is a true superstar and we want to give her a massive Sheffield welcome home,” said Lord Mayor of Sheffield John Campbell.
“She has done her home city proud.
“She is such a great ambassador for Sheffield and we are so proud of her so let’s all come together to celebrate her achievement.”
The event begins at 4pm when Balm Green next to the City Hall will be transformed into a mini athletics track.
Sheffield bands and musicians – including Sarah Mac and The Hot Soles - are to take to the stage from 5pm.
A celebration of Jessica’s journey to Olympic success will be shown on big screen.
The ceremony will then begin on stage at 6.30pm.
It ends at around 7pm, with band the Everly Pregnant Brothers finishing the celebration.
A private reception for Jessica and her family will then take place in the City Hall.
Road closures in place today are:
Balm Green / Junction of West Street, from 6am to midnight
Burgess Street closed from John Lewis loading bay, from 7.30am to 8.30pm
Division Street / Junction of Carver Lane / Cambridge Street. from 4pm to 8pm
Leopold Street / Junction of West Street, from 4pm to 8pm
Surrey Street / Junction of Norfolk Street, from 4pm to 8pm
Pinstone Street, from 4pm to 8pm.