VIDEO: Help us to film Sheffield’s longest day

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It’s the longest day of the year on Friday and we want YOU to help us record a day in the life of Sheffield - even the Bard of Barnsley is involved!

Nationally famed BBC poet Ian McMillan has written a special poem for us, all about his neighbours, which he’s affectionately called The Longest Deedar Day.

Ian McMillan

Ian McMillan

He has also recorded it to form the voice over for our video, featuring the city’s landmarks, businesses, industry, transport and, most important of all, its people.

VIDEO: Press the play button to watch Ian explain why he’s involved and more about the project, which is being driven by The Star’s parent publishing company, Johnston Press, with similar video projects all over the country.

“It’s a great idea. Mid-summer’s day is a fantastic time. It’s that time when the year pivots and you think, hey, it’s all down hill from here. It’s going to start getting dark earlier,” said Ian.

“The idea that the city somehow comes to life early on the day and all the things that happen, as the city gradually moves towards the evening– of course this year it’s on a Friday, so that’s a good thing. I wanted to write a poem that included all the things that might be happening in the city on the day. And hopefully people will have their own ideas and send in their things. It might become a tradition. The annual Star mid-summer’s day celebration. And eventually they will rename it. It’ll be called Mid-Starmers-Day. For now, I’ve called my poem The Longest Deedar Day. It’s affectionately written of course.”

The Longest Day: The Star wants your help to record the longest day in Friday, June 21, 2013.

The Longest Day: The Star wants your help to record the longest day in Friday, June 21, 2013.

The Star’s editorial team, directed by digital editor Graham Walker, will be out and about with video cameras, from sunrise to sunset and we aim to edit it all down to little more than two-minutes of video, to record forever this year’s longest day - Friday, June 21, 2013.

Here’s how you can help to be part of it.

Send us your short video clips or photos, taken in and around Sheffield on Friday, June 21. We’ll include the best in our finished film.

But remember to keep your videos short, no longer than 10-seconds is ideal. Film them in landscape mode, on your phone, or other video devices.

You can email small files to us, with Longest Day Video in the subject field - and don’t forget your full name, address and phone numbers in the message - send to

If the file is too big, upload and send it to us for free using a popular online file share site, such as or

Alternatively, upload to or and send us the URL web address.

Only video and photos submitted to us by 10pm on the day - Friday, June 21, 2013 - will be considered for inclusion in our official video. And earlier the better.

We’re aiming to have it finished and on our website here by midnight.

But it may inspire you to make your own video - a snapshot of where you live, whether that’s Sheffield, or another part of South Yorkshire, including Barnsley, Rotherham or Doncaster. Send us links to your film.

* Look out for Twitter links to our finished film @SheffieldStar and leave a comment using #longestlocalday