Thousands cheer Jess on to victory at Sheffield festival

CRowds at Don Valley Stadium roar Jess Ennis on to Olympic glory
CRowds at Don Valley Stadium roar Jess Ennis on to Olympic glory
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SHEFTIVAL became the ‘Jess-tival’ as the city’s new music and sports event turned into a giant party to celebrate Sheffield’s Olympic golden girl Jess Ennis.

Many may have turned up to see Real Radio main stage stars Lemar, Joe McElderry, Stooshe, Marcus Collins, Misha B, Lawson, Dodgy and the Lightning Seeds.

But Jess got the real rock superstar attention as even the impressive pop line-up couldn’t stop talking about the greatest female athlete on the planet.

Fame Academy star Lemar even dedicated a performance of his forthcoming single to her - aptly called Invincible.

“That’s Jess. She’s Invincible. What a star. I’m so proud just to be performing her in her home city on the day she gets the gold,” he told The Star.

Thousands of fans went crazy as they saw her heptathlon conquering moment on a big screen link live from London’s Olympic Stadium to Sheffield’s Don Valley Stadium.

Grown men, women and children sobbed with joy, even Steve Brailey, chief executive of Sheffield International Venues, which manages Don Valley.

“I had tears rolling down my face when she won that medal. It was absolutely brilliant,” he admitted.

The big screen turned into one of the biggest attractions as around 2,000 people gathered to witness the historic moment.

The Sheftival attraction was always intended to coincide with Jess’s golden bid but the fairytale ending came true,

A total of 80 acts played at the festival, including local stars Laura Steel, Max and Sour Cherry, in Don Valley Bowl.

The 25-acre site, which also included The EIS Sheffield, ice-Sheffield and Arena, featured sports demonstrations and have-a-go-sessions, mixed music, sport, food and drink.

Festival director Dave Healy said Jess had helped ensure the first ever Sheftival weekend a huge success and an event would remember for ever.

VIDEO: Watch our Sheftival video reports, including Jess Ennis celebrations at Don Valley Stadium, music stage performance highlights and chats with the stars at thestar.co.uk/video