Home city honours golden girl Ennis

17 August 2012 / 08:51

Olympic golden girl Jessica Ennis will unveil her new plaque on Sheffield's Hollywood-style Walk of Fame when she returns to her home city on Friday.

The heptathlon champion and gold medallist, 26, will be honoured at a civic reception in Barkers Pool in the city centre.

She will reveal the tribute, which will have been given a golden hue, on an outdoor stage before it is set into the pavement.

Ennis's name was initially added to the walk - which resembles the famous Walk of Fame tourist attraction on Hollywood Boulevard - last year. It sits alongside those of other Sheffield stars including actor Sean Bean, singer Joe Cocker and athlete-turned Games organiser Lord Sebastian Coe.

Crowds have been asked to wear gold, nearby trees and lamp posts will be draped in the same colour and Sheffield Lord Mayor Councillor John Campbell will officially welcome the Olympian home.

Mr Campbell said: "Jessica is a true superstar and we want to give her a massive Sheffield welcome home. She has done her home city proud. She is such a great ambassador for Sheffield and we are so proud of her.

"Jessica has stayed strong to her Sheffield roots by being educated here through school and university, training here and seeing Sheffield as her home. She has risen to the occasion and now is the time for the city to rise to her."

The celebrations will begin at 4pm, when Balm Green next to the city hall will be transformed into a mini athletics track where young people can try out some of the heptathlon events.

Sheffield artists Sarah Mac and The Hot Soles will take to the stage from 5pm, followed by a celebration of Jessica's journey to Olympic success which will be shown on big screens.

The ceremony will then begin on stage at 6.30pm and the event will end around 7pm with the Everly Pregnant Brothers performing a song written in Jessica's honour. A private reception for Jessica and her family will then take place in the city hall.