Golden girl lines up night at the casino

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Golden girl Jessica Ennis will be swapping the running track for the roulette table for an evening as she opens Sheffield’s newest casino.

Sheffield’s Olympic heptathlon gold medallist will join a host of VIPs and 1,000 guests at the launch party of the Genting Club in the city centre next month.

And lucky members of the public can join the athletics star by winning tickets to the launch on Saturday, September 29.

Winners will be welcomed with a champagne reception before joining the VIPs with a chance to enjoy the new venue on Arundel Gate, complete with gaming floor, two restaurants and three bars - tickets can be won by entering a competition via the casino’s website.

But people not lucky enough to win tickets can pass on their own congratulations to the Sheffield star after her success at the London 2012 Olympics.

Stationery store Rymans, on The Moor in Sheffield city centre, has opened a Book of Congratulations for Jessica and is inviting shoppers to pop in and sign it.

Customers can write their messages of goodwill and congratulations on the gold-coloured pages of the book ,which is in store now.

Craig Bailey, store manager, said: “Jessica deserves a big thank you and many congratulations – she’s made everyone so proud.

“She’s put Sheffield on the map and I think her performance at the Olympics has just boosted everyone’s morale.”

People have already began to show their appreciation, with one message reading ‘well done, you really are a gold star’.

Mr Bailey said: “The book is just our way of saying thank you to her and it gives our customers a chance to say thank you too.”

The book will be in store over the next few weeks before staff hope to pass it on to the athlete herself.