Let's not take ordinary life in Sheffield for granted ever again

One of the very few good things about this past year of a pandemic (unless you happen to be a face mask manufacturer) is that we now see what used to be everyday as extraordinary.

Thursday, 22nd April 2021, 6:00 am
Two year old Freddie Grantham at Graves Park Animal Farm which has recently reopened to the public. Picture Scott Merrylees

I thought this on Tuesday when spotting that the Winter Garden in the city centre was open again, and you can now walk through, with a mask on. Like many others I used to sit in there on the occasional office lunchtime and not think anything of it, but on Tuesday it seemed like an urban oasis.

It’s a theme that runs through this week’s Telegraph news stories.

Parkrun fans will be over the moon to read our resident GP columnist talk about the return of the weekly 5K races in Sheffield, although 18 months ago they might have rolled over when their alarm went off, and promised to go next Saturday instead.

Families are finally able to visit outdoor attractions together again, and we’ve gone behind the scenes at some of the city’s most popular.For many people it will be the first time their child has seen animals in real life at Graves Park, instead of on their online videos, or met the alpacas at Ringinglow. Who could blame them for shedding a tear or two at the wonder on their baby’s face?

Tramlines looks set to return this summer, and would be a real indicator of life returning to ‘normal’ if it did, with a line up due to be announced on Monday.

And most people in Sheffield will have visited the city’s children’s hospital whether in their own childhood, or with a little one.

It is, as outgoing director of the Sheffield Children’s Hospital Charity David-Vernon Edwards says, an inspiring place, worthy of the same recognition that Great Ormond Street Hospital in London already has.

“Working at the hospital gets your perspective right,” he says.“If you think you are having a bad day it makes you absolutely realise you aren’t.

Words to live by.