Golden girl Jessica receives the freedom of Sheffield

Jessica Ennis - freedom of the city event

Jessica Ennis - freedom of the city event

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JESSICA Ennis received the Freedom of the City this week in her home city of Sheffield.

A private reception for the Olympic heptathlon champion and invited guests was held at the town hall on Tuesday when she signed the scroll which declares her a Freeman of Sheffield, the highest honour the city can bestow.

Lord Mayor Coun John Campbell said: “Jessica is an amazing sportswoman, with incredible success and worldwide appeal. For this alone she is worthy of receiving the Freedom of the City, but let’s not forget the other things she does in Sheffield.”

She is a patron of the Children’s Hospital and Weston Park charities.

Jess said: “I have to say a big ‘thank you’ to the people of Sheffield who have believed in me and backed me over the years. To become a Freeman of Sheffield is the biggest civic honour anyone can get and I’m so proud to receive it.”

Other Sheffield freemen, a term which applies to both male and female recipients, include Sebastian Coe, Helen Sharman, Michael Vaughan and Nelson Mandela.

*Olympics celebration bill, page 14.