Sheffield Google Maps users spot something brilliant in the background of Park Hill flats

Eagle-eyed Sheffield residents have spotted something brilliant in the background of Park Hill flats on Google Maps.

Thursday, 10th October 2019, 12:44 pm
Updated Friday, 11th October 2019, 12:15 pm

We’ve all, rightly or wrongly, thought we’ve spotted ourselves on Google Maps at one point or another but it’s very hard to know for certain.

That’s because Google blurs out the faces of people in the background on its Street View service for privacy purposes.

But, even with his face blurred, it’s not hard to spot Sheffield’s very own John Burkhill.

John Burkhill outside Park Hill flats - Google Maps

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The city legend is always instantly recognisable with his bright green wig and fundraising pram.

John ‘The Man With The Pram’ Burkhill has raised as much as £750,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support over the years and can usually be found walking around Sheffield collecting donations.

So, it was probably little surprise that he would be captured on Google Maps sooner rather than later.

The 80-year-old has been snapped by one of Google’s vans – which are mounted with cameras to take 360-degree shots – outside Park Hill flats, once again raising money for charity.

Park Hill flats - Google Maps

John, who lost both his wife and daughter to cancer, was awarded the Freedom Of The City in March in recognition of his tireless fundraising.

He joins only a handful of people to have been given the honour. Fellow recipients include Olympic gold medallist Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill and former President of South Africa Nelson Mandela.