Hunt to find new home for Don Valley Stadium cauldron

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The iconic cauldron that was in place at Sheffield’s now demolished Don Valley Stadium has still not been relocated – more than 18 months after the venue closed.

Sheffield Council controversially decided to shut the £29 million stadium – where Sheffield’s London 2012 Olympic heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis-Hill trained – to save £700,000 a year and meet funding cuts.

There was widespread opposition and a last-ditch attempt to register it as a community resource, but the stadium was closed in September 2013 and has now been demolished.

Some of the stadium was salvaged for reuse elsewhere – although a search is still on for a suitable home for the cauldron which was home to the Olympic-style flame during the 1991 World Student Games at the venue.

A council spokesman said the cauldron has been ‘set aside for relocation at a site yet to be decided’.

Little else was salvaged for use by other community groups or organisations.

The spokesman said: “Yorkshire Cricket Club investigated the feasibility of re-using the floodlights, but in the end decided it was too difficult and costly to dismantle and remove them.

“A number of sporting groups salvaged some of the seating and flagpoles.

“The demolition contractor was able to salvage and sell on some of the turnstile units.

“Prior to Demex taking control of the site much of the equipment was salvaged by Sheffield International Venues, and the marathon gates were taken from site to Kelham Island.”

The stadium site is now planned to become a £50 million state-of-the-art sports, research and education facility, dubbed the Olympic Legacy Park.