Chance to put us on art map

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THE Tinsley Towers were certainly taken to heart by the people of our region who saw them as iconic gateways to the city and their homes. That is why there was so much upset when the decision was taken to demolish them.

But steps are now well in hand for a replacement which ought to satisfy the harshest critics.

Artists are being asked to come up with designs for a giant £4 million piece of public artwork to be erected on the site of the former cooling towers.

It will form part of a major economic regeneration of the Lower Don Valley area, which includes a proposed Enterprise Zone, a biomass power station, a link road beneath the viaduct and flood defence work.

This is a great way to put Sheffield on the cultural map and we look forward to seeing the suggestions from the artistic community.

Comedy’s serious side pleases city

SHEFFIELD’S Grin Up North comedy festival bursts onto the city’s stages in the next couple of days bringing a month of side-splitting entertainment from the country’s funniest comedians.

But there is also a serious side to the event which will be spread across venues from every corner of Sheffield.

Scores of thousands of people will be heading to the city for the shows, bringing much needed trade to Sheffield’s venues, hotels and restaurants.

And, just as importantly, they will be returning home with the city’s name on their lips, spreading the word that this is a great, fun and entertaining city.

Sheffield really does win when comedy comes to town!

Valuing our roots

ONLY a fool would ignore the past when planning for the future. And that is why it is good to see the present Master Cutler, Prof Bill Speirs, endorsing a new exhibition which celebrates 200 years of scissor making by hand in Sheffield.

The Cutting Edges exhibition is housed in a former Little Mesters factory in the Cultural Industries Quarter, where scissors, blades, tools and cutlery were once made.

Clearly those techniques will long have been bypassed by modern manufacturing methods.

But one thing has endured through the years - and that is the innovative spirit which saw Sheffield become a world-leader in metal production and manufacture. That spirit is alive and well in the industrial power houses around the city and we are pleased to see that the roots are so highly valued.