It’S OFFICIAL - golden girl Jessica Ennis is to be honoured with Sheffield’s greatest title, Freedom of the City.
Councillors spoke highly of the Olympic superstar’s achievements while voting unanimously to approve a motion for Jess to be granted the honour.
Council leader Coun Julie Dore said: “We all know what an absolutely wonderful moment it was for Jessica, especially being on home turf for London 2012. We are extremely proud of her.”
The 26-year-old from Millhouses turned the Steel City into the city of gold on ‘Super Saturday’ when she the won Olympic heptathlon.
Now Jessica will go down in history along with only 75 others who have had the honour of receiving Freedom of the City in Sheffield.
Coun Dore said: “Eight of those 75 are women, so it’s great to see another successful woman. Four of the titles have been for sport, which shows it is being acknowledged as being a great benefit.
“It has put Sheffield on the international stage. I’ve had emails from Australia saying what a great achievement it is.”
Broomhill councillor Shaffaq Mohammed said: “It is great for us a city to come together as a community to say, ‘Well done, we are proud of you’.”
Green councillor Gillian Creasy said Jess’s win had brought Sheffield together.
“It has brought a sense of unity to this city and internationally as well,” she said.
The entire country gathered around television sets and big screens to see Jess go for gold in her final event of the 800m. Despite a comfortable lead of 306 points Jess won her final event in style, arms in the air, as she crossed the finish line.
Deputy Prime Minister and Sheffield Hallam MP Nick Clegg has already praised the superstar.
“Jessica’s achievement has inspired a generation and she will quite rightly go down in history as one of the greatest ever Sheffielders,” he said.