Thousands of cyclists took to the streets of Sheffield to celebrate the first anniversary of the Grand Depart. Cote de Wincobank saw people cycling up the steepest part of the Tour circuit. While others took a 8 kilometer route around the City Centre.
Trevor Hicks told the Hillsborough inquest how he went between both of his daughters trying to resuscitate them. He also said he felt “dreadful” after choosing to go to the Northern General with Vicki, leaving Sarah behind thinking she would be in the next Ambulance. Both his daughters Sarah 19 and Victoria 15 died on the 15 April 1989 at Sheffield Wednesday Football Ground. They were two of Ninety-six Liverpool fans who were fatally injured when Liverpool played Nottingham Forest FA Cup semi-final.
A demonstration was held today to stop the extradition of Janahan Sivanathan an asylum seeker who lives in South Yorkshire. Janahan is a Tamil from Sri Lanka. It is estimated that around 100,000 Tamils have either been murdered or gone missing during the Civil War. The Home Office says it does not comment on individual cases.
A ceremony commemorating the 71 Anniversary of D Day took place at Bakers Pool in Sheffield. Veterans were joined by members of the public to pay their respects and pay tribute to those who took part.
University of Sheffield have announced ground breaking research into the prevention of secondary breast cancer. The research in partnership with the University of Copenhagen has found that high levels of a particular enzyme is what leaves to secondary or metastatic breast cancer. The pioneering research, co-led by Dr Alison Gartland at the University of Sheffield’s Department of Human Metabolism, could lead to a better prognosis for cancer patients in the longer term.
A local company Floow has partnered up with the European Space Agency to carry out a year long research project in traffic pollution. The project announcement comes just weeks after the Government was ordered by the UK’s Supreme Court to take immediate action on air pollution.
Kerry Needham returned from Greece after making a TV appearance on a missing persons show with her Mum Christine. Kerrys’ son Ben went missing on the Island of Kos nearly 24 years ago when he was just 21 months old. Over 80 people responded to the programme saying that they had information about Ben. Kerry and Christine both feel confident the new leads will give them the answer to where Ben is.
The Rathayatra Festival was celebrated in Sheffield for the second year running. The Hindu Festival original believed to be 5,000 years old, has the deities, Lord Jagannatha and his sister Subhdara and brother Balabhadra travelling through the streets on Chariots so that the wider public gets a chance to see them. Lord Jagannatha is one of the representations of Lord Krishna. When the British first saw the Festival they were said to be so over awed by the size of the Chariots that the name Jagannatha became the root of the word Juggeranaut in English.
A digital art festival which had participants from Norway, Iceland, Finland and France was held in Sheffield. The Do It Anyway Festival encourages people to use open source software to make digital art.
An event that is looking at Sheffields’ trees and woodland is taking place this weekend. The event which is called Action for Woods and Trees is being organized as part of Sheffield Environment Weeks one of the aims of the event is to to establish a network of groups help manage our treescapes for future generations.