"The reopening of the world is beyond exciting - but we should support Sheffield indies first"

What have you got planned for next week? I’m taking my toddler to Graves Park Animal Farm and heading out for a drink at a new Sheffield bar on the same day, I may pass out with all the excitement.

Friday, 9th April 2021, 9:20 am
Division Street in the city centre has a whole host of amazing independent shops - and they need your support when they re-open.

Today feels a long way from last April, when every day was exactly the same, and most of our worlds were confined to the house or garden for weeks at a time.

Just looking at today’s front page brings a great feeling of optimism, one we have all been waiting a long time for.

And just having one or two things in the diary can make a massive difference to our state of mind.

There is frantic work now going on behind the scenes of Sheffield’s pubs, restaurants, “non essential” shops and visitor attractions to make them Covid compliant in time for the reopening of the world from Monday.

Many of these places have been shut for months now and the city’s independent scene in particular really needs our support as we start to rebuild economically from lockdown.

I can’t wait to see our high streets busy again, but we should all make a concerted effort to support the local brands who make our city what it is while we are out in the world again.

Talking of excitement, and the reaction from the planned closure of John Lewis takes a new twist today with a brilliant piece by Tom Hunt and Adam Park.

“Sheffield’s Covent Garden” has a great ring to it, doesn’t it?

Take a look at their ideas for what the former Cole Brothers site could become on pages 24 and 25, then join the city-wide debate. We are still getting lots of letters on the subject and will continue to print them.

One passionate letter writer, Shelley Cockayne, argues that this is Sheffield’s ‘Ground Zero’, and you can read that on the same pages.

The great thing about ground zero is the only way from there is up.