Sheffielders' 50 greatest things

Arctic Monkeys, Jessica Ennis-Hill and the Le Grand Depart,  are some of Sheffields greatest things of the past 30 years
Arctic Monkeys, Jessica Ennis-Hill and the Le Grand Depart, are some of Sheffields greatest things of the past 30 years
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Online shopping, WiFi, Google, Super Mario Brothers, wheelie suitcases, Harry Potter, Becks, flat screen TV’s, text messaging and email are considered to be some of the greatest things from the past three decades according to people in Sheffield – a new survey out today has revealed.

The research conducted by the UK’s first budget hotel brand, Travelodge which is celebrating its 30thanniversary this year, surveyed 3,000 British adults to seek their views on the greatest things of the past 30 years.

Findings revealed that technology dominates, with the World Wide Web, smartphones, iPod, online shopping, Google and text messaging, email and flat screen TV’s have been named as among the top ten greatest things from the past 30 years.

The Tour de France Grand Depart (4), Jessica Hill-Ennis (6), The Arctic Monkeys (13) and the Steel City Derby FA Cup Semi Final (17) have also been named by locals as amongst the greatest things.

Other local things making the list are the Sheffield Wednesday’s League Cup triumph of 1991 (27) and Pulp (47).

The 2012 Olympics (15), Super Mario Brothers (30), the smoking ban (32), Harry Potter (42) and William and Kate’s wedding (46) have also been named by locals as amongst the greatest things.

Arctic Monkeys are one of Sheffields greatest things of the past 30 years

Arctic Monkeys are one of Sheffields greatest things of the past 30 years

Key findings have revealed that whilst technology dominates the top 100 listing, in an era where Britons were hit by the credit crunch and a recession, budget operators also featured highly. Low cost supermarkets (31), airlines (35) and hotels (39) are all in the top 50, demonstrating that we have become a nation of value conscious shoppers.

Shakila Ahmed, Travelodge Spokeswoman said: “The last 30 years has seen a huge shift in the way we live our lives with technology in particular changing many things.

“The internet has certainly accelerated the growth of budget travel and made going away a key part of our modern lifestyle. The ease of being able to book online, but also researching where you are visiting and staying has made travelling a much smoother experience than it might have been before the 1980s.

“Over the last 30 years, Travelodge, the UK’s first budget hotel chain, which has over 500 UK sites, has made staying in a hotel accessible to everyone.

Jessica Ennis-Hill

Jessica Ennis-Hill

“Today over 17 million people annually stay in a Travelodge hotel for work and leisure”.

The top 50 greatest things of the past 30 years as voted by people in Sheffield

1. World Wide Web

2. iPod

Tour de France

Tour de France

3. Google

4. Le Tour de France Grand Depart

5. Jessica Ennis-Hill

6. iPhone

7. Email

8. DVD

9. Smartphones

10. Text messaging

11. Facebook

12. iPad

13. Arctic Monkeys

14. Wi-Fi

15. 2012 Olympics

16. Online Banking

17. Steel City Derby – FA Cup Final 1993

18. iTunes

19. YouTube

20. Digital cameras

21. Online shopping

22. Satellite navigation

23. Microsoft Office

24. Digital TV

25. GHD Straighteners

26. Flat screen televisions

27. 1991 League Cup Victory – Sheffield Wednesday

28. Twitter

29. Sky+

30. Super Mario Brothers

31. Budget supermarkets

32. Smoking Ban

33. eBay

34. Apple

35. Budget airlines

36. Mobile apps

37. E-Book readers

38. Wikipedia

39. Budget hotels

40. Online check-in

41. Sunday opening hours

42. Harry Potter

43. Networked computers

44. Wheelie suitcase

45. Price Comparison Sites

46. William and Kate’s wedding

47. Pulp

48. The 2005 Ashes

49. Fibre optic broadband

50. The Millennium