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ED Sheeran, hey?

It perhaps says something about my declining relationship with popular culture that, until this week, I’m not sure I’d ever heard of him.

Apparently he’s a pop star who’s popular with the young people these days. He has two million of them Twitter followers and a couple of Brit awards.

But, to add to those accolades, this 21-year-old from West Yorkshire – and I’m sure he’ll be delighted to hear this – can now add the eternal respect of this column.

Because when he heard a dying teenager at Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice in North Anston had one wish – to see him in concert – he made it happen.

As revealed in The Star on Monday, he visited the centre, played for Abigail Fleming, who passed away shortly after, and gave her a bracelet. And he did it without wanting any publicity.

Truly deserving of the title superstar.

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ANOTHER reason to like Ed: according to Wikipedia, his cousin is none other than The Krypton Factor host Gordon Burns.

Television royalty, indeed.

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AND talking of musical superstars...

The Arts Council has taken plenty of knocking in Sheffield after it refused city museums funding worth £4.2 million, instead giving it to Leeds and York.

But perhaps the body has made up for it a little with the £1.8 million grant, announced in The Star on Tuesday, to fund music education in the city.

One of the greatest gifts you can give a child, so they say, is enabling them to play a musical instrument.

And if that money helps to produce a few more proto pop stars – a class of Cockers (either one) or a haul of Hawleys – then I reckon we’re all a good deal better off.

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AND finally more good news: Barnsley tourist attraction Cannon Hall Farm is up for a Visit England Awards For Excellent gong, as revealed in The Star yesterday.

Quite right too. A South Yorkshire treasure.