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THE campaign to have Don Valley Stadium renamed after Olympic superstar Jessica Ennis has been kicked off by this paper, then.

Some readers may think it a touch premature but consider this: How many gold medals did this Don Valley chap ever win?

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TALKING of the Olympics, great to see so many people enjoying Sheftival this weekend.

The city’s sport and music extravaganza – held at the soon-to-be Jessica Ennis Stadium – even featured on national TV with the BBC reporting from the event.

And perhaps I should use this space to apologise to upcoming boy band Lawson who performed on Sunday. After being introduced to the four-piece I found myself – always keen to encourage young musicians – telling the lads I’d thoroughly enjoyed their performance. The fact I’d not actually seen it seemed less important than showing support.

Until a couple of minutes later, that is, when an organiser explained their puzzled looks: “They’ve not actually played yet,” she said.

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AND also at Sheftival, I thoroughly enjoyed – and I genuinely mean this one – the busker barge.

Particularly the bit when, while passing another boat at Victoria Quays, a topless chap appeared in the window and proceeded to give festival-goers a hearty thumbs up.

“Who on Earth is that?” someone asked.

The answer? Sheffield’s legendary artist – and houseboat dweller – Joe Scarborough.

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AND a final Jess comment...

A lovely idea to launch a hot air balloon wishing her luck ahead of her successful heptathlon – but was anyone else a little miffed by the balloon itself?

Understandable that the Lottery wanted to show it had funded the initiative, of course. But perhaps in future the message of good will could take a little more precedence over the corporate banner?