John Burkhill: Adoring fans of Sheffield's 'man with the pram' call for knighthood

"What a great man. The man needs a knighthood and what an example for our youth to follow!"

Hundreds of Sheffielders had a lump in their throat on Thursday as the city celebrated the one and only 'Man with the Pram' John Burkhill.

The 84-year-old, who hit his incredible goal of raising £1m for Macmillan Cancer Research in May, was the star of the show at an event at the Winter Gardens on August 17 so the city could thank him for all he's done.

Hundreds of fans attended and many hundreds more viewed the ceremony through a livestream held by The Star.

Ever humble, he told his supporters: "People at Macmillan, they say to me, ‘well done John, you've done a million’, and I say ‘it's not me’. It's you that's done it, everybody. Everybody who comes past me and puts whatever they can afford in that bucket."

As part of the celebration, the public were invited to write postcards with messages of love and support for John to keep.

Of course, these messages are private for the man himself to keep forever. Thankfully, we have the next best thing, in the comments left on The Star's llivestream and dozens of stories in recent weeks.

Here are just a handful of tributes left by John's fans show just how much he means to the Steel City.

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