Tramlines is here to stay

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IT is Sheffield’s most popular event. And so it is tremendous news to learn that the city council has vowed that the Tramlines Festival will be back for a fourth year in 2012.

The free music festival brought the city centre to life over three days attracting an astonishing 175,000 people to the city centre. In fact, it has been judged to have been attended by as many people as attended world famous Glastonbury Festival.

That is quite a boast and one we are sure will help spread the reputation and popularity of this great way to showcase not only some top acts but also to give scores of local artists chance to grab the limelight.

The result was good, clean fun enjoyed by thousands of people and a substantial success mark ticked up by the organisers.

We are sure that next year’s event will confirm that Tramlines is here to stay.

Setting out to be good neighbours

IT is good to hear organisations as large - and potentially impersonal - as Meadowhall owners British Land acknowledge that it has a commitment to making sure people who live nearby are not inconvenienced by the continuing success story of the shopping mall.

Too often do we hear complaints from readers that they feel neglected when major changes are introduced to services and facilities affecting their communities.

And they have good reason to be angry. For lives can easily be turned upside down by decisions taken many miles away by people who will simply not be affected by them. But British Land has pledged that it will be a ‘good neighbour’ to people living in areas around the shopping centre after launching its first Community Charter.

They say that they will provide clean and green environments as well as assuring community engagement to make sure they are in touch with their neighbours.

A raft of other pledges, from employment and education to promises to source local goods and services show that the shopping centre understands the value of being aware of what the public wants and expects.

A true inspiration

WE all need inspirational role models - and we can think of nobody more fitting to take on the job than Sue Gilroy. For she has shown true determination and courage to overcome a wide range of obstacles to become a budding table tennis star. She suffers from a rare and painful degenerative disability which leaves joints dislocated on a regular basis (up to 70 times a day) but has fought back to carve out an admirable sporting track record. Anyone who feels they have been dealt a poor hand in life needs only look to Sue for inspiration.