Speaking up in the hunt for top corner in Sheffield

Friends of  Edward Carpenter at the Sheffield Archives   broadcaster and Associate committee member Rony Robinson looking through Carpenter's letters  ' See Story Steve McClarence  Picture by Chris Lawton'18 Oct  2011

Friends of Edward Carpenter at the Sheffield Archives broadcaster and Associate committee member Rony Robinson looking through Carpenter's letters ' See Story Steve McClarence Picture by Chris Lawton'18 Oct 2011

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The hunt is on to find the best available spot in Sheffield city centre to stand up and make your opinions heard.

Three locations are being ‘auditioned’ tomorrow, to see which would make the best site for a new Speakers’ Corner.

The Star has teamed up with the Speakers’ Corner group as part of Local Newspaper Week, under the theme Freedom of Speech.

There will be three short performances in each place, ranging from song lyrics to rousing political speeches.

They are being led by BBC Radio Sheffield’s Rony Robinson who will recite the words of 19th century poet and reformer Edward Carpenter, who lived and worked in Sheffield.

The group will be outside Next, on Fargate, from 12.30pm, before moving to Tudor Square at 12.50pm and outside the Town Hall at 1.10pm.

Peter Bradley, of the Speakers’ Corner Trust, said: “Sheffield has a proud history of free thinking and free speech which has had a profound influence on national politics and culture.

“Until relatively recently, the city had a number of Speakers’ Corners and it’s exciting to be able to help not just restore an important tradition but, at a time when many feel their voices aren’t heard, to provide a new platform for local people’s ideas and opinions.

“These are three prominent sites. We hope to find out which works best.”

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