Sheffield architect and sculptor George King spoke to Sheffield Live following the unveiling of the Covid-19 memorial sculpture in Sheffield city centre. The artist said he hoped that people would be proud of the final piece, which had been “Made in Sheffield for the people of Sheffield”. Baillor Jalloh reports.
A permanent Covid memorial has been unveiled to remember those who lost their lives to the virus and to those who worked hard to keep people in Sheffield safe. The stainless steel sculpture representing a willow tree was chosen out of 14 entries after Sheffield City Council asked for submissions. The memorial has been installed in Balm Green Gardens, near Barker’s Pool. Baillor Jalloh spoke to Paul Taylor, Sheffield Council’s Covid memorial project lead, and Sheffield Lord Mayor Sioned-Mair Richards.
The first of one hundred war memorial trees have been planted in Longley Park to commemorate those who lost their lives in the First World War. Further trees are to be planted in Firth Park, Greenhill and Herdings Park, and close to the Cholera Monument. Each of the plantings will be marked by a granite stone memorial with the inscription “lest we forget”. Sheffield Live ! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to Councillor Mary Lea, cabinet member for culture, parks and leisure, and to Chris Camps of Sheffield Sea Cadets.
A memorial plaque for late Tramlines Festival Director, Sarah Nulty, has been unveiled this week on Devonshire Green by the Lord Mayor of Sheffield Magid Magid and Tramlines Operations Director Timm Cleasby. The Tramlines Festival was first held on Devonshire Green in 2009. Sarah died earlier this year at the age of 36 a few weeks before the tenth edition of the summer music festival. A civic award was also presented to Sarah’s family by the Lord Mayor. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!
A new memorial bench has been unveiled at a service of dedication for men and women from Frecheville who served and lost their lives during the first and second world wars. The service was attended and led by members of the Royal British Legion as well as local councillors, veterans and residents. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!
A memorial gathering has been held outside Sheffield Town Hall to remember the 72 who died as a result of the Grenfell fire in London one year ago. Earlier councillor Jim Steinke, cabinet member for housing, and Nether Edge and Sharrow councillor Michelle Cook, spoke to Sheffield Live! about local authority action to improve fire safety in Sheffield’s tower blocks. Baillor Jalloh reports.
Two WW1 memorial plaques, made of stainless steel, are on their way to France to renew the Sheffield Pals Battalion Monument, part of the Sheffield Memorial Park in Serre. The plaques were presented to Sheffield Council by the Yorkshire Regiment at a Sheffield Town Hall event which also marked the launch of the Sheffield Pals Pride Cycle Ride. Participating in the fundraising cycle ride, a 400 mile journey from the city to the Sheffield Memorial Park in France, will be the Deputy Lord Mayor, Cllr Magid Magid, the Lord Mayor’s Consort, Gavin Holliday, and staff from Sheffield Council and Meadowhall. The goal is to raise £20,000 to enhance the visitor experience in the Memorial Park. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!
Friends of Zion Graveyard are hoping to save an old burial site in Attercliffe where anti-slavery campaigner Mary Anne Rowson is among those buried. The disused ground was put on sale with the possibility that memorial stones of over 58 graves could be moved and the land used as a car park instead. The heritage group are aiming to raise funds to preserve the historic graveyard and open it up to the public as a wildlife garden. A formal offer to buy the graveyard has been accepted subject to contract as well as a preliminary application to the Heritage Lottery Fund. Azz Mohammed reports for Sheffield Live!
Resident and campaigners are calling on Sheffield Council to re-examine plans to cut down trees on Western Road planted to honour soldiers killed in the First World War. Ninety-six trees were planted in 1919. Sixty remain including 23 planted in memory of a group of young soldiers who attended nearby Westways primary school and were killed in the war. The site is still a registered war memorial and the group ‘Western Road Remembers’ has been set up to protect the memorial. Western Road is the latest road earmarked for tree felling after recent protest and arrests in Nether Edge and on Rustlings Road. Protestors Calvin Payne and Simon Crump, arrested in Nether Edge, will return to court for a full hearing in March 2017. Sheffield Live! reporter Simon Thake spoke with Western Road Remembers campaigner, Alan Story.
Twenty seven years ago today Liverpool were playing Notts Forest in the FA cup semi final. By the time the final whisle should have been blown 82 people had lost their lives 790 were injuried 14 of whom would not make it back home alive. Today we joined with the people of Liverpool to remember the 96 who lost their lives, 776 who were physically injured and the countless who were affected by what has now become known as the Hillsborough disaster.