FROM THE EDITOR: What would you miss most if you left our incredible city?

Local news is a funny old world. It has evolved incredibly over the centuries but so much stays constant.

Thursday, 27th August 2020, 10:30 am
Updated Thursday, 27th August 2020, 11:16 am
Looking over Sheffield from Meersbrook Park. Picture: Chris Etchells

I walked past The Star and Telegraph’s old offices on York Street earlier in the week. It is still a building site but posh apartments are starting to emerge. The back entrance, where you had to duck and dive past piles of newspapers and delivery vans, is clearly going to set the tone as an upmarket reception.

It is a long way from the days when newspapers had a concierge and editors had chauffeurs. Back then, Sheffielders didn’t miss out on the news because they could pick up a copy of The Star even while on holiday in Skeggy, Brid or Scarborough. You could get a print edition while strolling along the prom in Blackpool.

Today our readers read news from back home wherever they are in the world on all sorts of electronic devices. They don’t have to wait for the delivery vans to arrive and there is no limit to have far they have travelled from the Steel City.

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We have had quite some debates online in recent days with expat Sheffielders. It turns out that distance doesn’t stop them worrying about Ponds Forge reopening, they still have strong views on our below standard transport infrastructure and they – like us – love this incredible place even when they are not here.

They all have their reasons for having moved but they all still see this as home, they all hold it in their hearts and want the best for it. We will be sharing some of their stories with you next week and, if you know a Sheffield aboard, please do point them in my direction.

What I have really enjoyed is learning what they miss most about Sheffield. Obviously, people always top the list. Well, we Sheffielders are rather special aren’t we?

But there is so much more that we take for granted, love to hate and hate it when ‘outsiders’ don’t love it like we do. We have so many shared memories that make us who we are, proud to be Sheffield.

What would you miss? Or, perhaps, what you did miss if you’ve been away and returned. That’s what I did.

My mum and my friends were what brought me home but that’s just the start of a very long list of special Sheffieldisms which make every day unique, if only we take time to appreciate it.