Video: Sheffield thanked for ‘keeping alive’ memories of hero airmen

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Sheffield has been praised for ‘keeping alive’ the memories of hero airmen – including 10 Americans – by the US Ambassador to Britain.

Matthew Barzun yesterday laid a wreath at the memorial to the crew aboard the Flying Fortress which crashed in Endcliffe Park 71 years ago after the pilot was able to avoid nearby homes.

US Ambassador Matthew Barzun visits All Saints Catholic High School. Picture: Andrew Roe

US Ambassador Matthew Barzun visits All Saints Catholic High School. Picture: Andrew Roe

Ten American oak trees are also planted around the memorial in tribute to the US airmen.

Mr Barzun said: “I wanted to thank the people of Sheffield for keeping that mempry alive, it’s so important that we don’t take these freedoms we have in America and the United Kingdom for granted.”

Mr Barzun had also visited pupils at All Saints Catholic High School in his role as Ambassador – asking students about what concerned or inspired them about America – and to the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre at Catcliffe.

He said the industry was ‘so important to Britain’s future and to my boss President Barack Obama as we try to make cities like Sheffield and Pittsburgh go into the future with high-paying jobs.

US Ambassador Matthew Barzun visits All Saints Catholic High School. Picture: Andrew Roe

US Ambassador Matthew Barzun visits All Saints Catholic High School. Picture: Andrew Roe

The music fan’s final engagement last night was to stop at The Leadmill nightclib.

He said: “I’m a sucker for British music, so I will stop by The Leadmill even though nothing is playing, but I don’t care I have to go because of that great tradition. Arctic Monkeys, back to Def Leppard, Joe Cocker – all of it, I’m a big fan of Sheffield music.”