Field gets Royal seal of approval after long fight

QE11 Field Dedication Ceremony @ Woodhouse Mill Playing Fields Saturday 23rd June was attended by Clive Betts MP, Local Councillors, Woodhouse Mill & Orgreave Community Forum, a large crowd and was supported by ASDA. The Plaque was unveiled by Cllr. Jackie Satur, Derek Hutchinson (Chair of Woodhouse Mill & Orgreave Community Forum) and Clive Betts MP. Photo unvieling plaque by Peter Wolstenholme

QE11 Field Dedication Ceremony @ Woodhouse Mill Playing Fields Saturday 23rd June was attended by Clive Betts MP, Local Councillors, Woodhouse Mill & Orgreave Community Forum, a large crowd and was supported by ASDA. The Plaque was unveiled by Cllr. Jackie Satur, Derek Hutchinson (Chair of Woodhouse Mill & Orgreave Community Forum) and Clive Betts MP. Photo unvieling plaque by Peter Wolstenholme

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A PLAYING field which was saved from the threat of a road scheme has been protected in the Queen’s name for future generations.

Woodhouse Mill recreation ground, off Retford Road, is now dedicated as a Queen Elizabeth II Field, as part of this year’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

Residents campaigned for years to save the field from a link road proposal from Rotherham Council.

Now a plaque with the new name has been unveiled after Sheffield Council formally designated the site.

South East Sheffield MP Clive Betts, Orgreave Parish Council chairwoman Mary Clear and Couns Jackie and Ray Satur and Mick Roonery joined the ceremony.

The Fields in Trust initiative aims to preserve playing fields and create new ones which are protected from development.

Prince William is promoting the scheme to mark the jubilee.

Cabinet member for culture, sport and leisure Coun Isobel Bowler said: “We’re delighted the fields have been designated during the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and that Sheffield has taken part in this national scheme to preserve existing playing fields.”