Freedom of the city for Jess

Jessica Ennis with the the Lord Mayor of Sheffield Credit: Dean Hodson – Image Factory

Olympic heptathlon and gold medallist Jessica Ennis has been honoured with the Freedom of the City in her home city of Sheffield. A private reception for Jessica and invited guests took place at Sheffield Town Hall where she officially signed the scroll granting her the honour.

Jessica, who was welcomed home from the Olympics with a huge civic reception attended by thousands in the summer, attended a more intimate function to officially mark her becoming a Freeman of Sheffield. Presenting the award, the Lord Mayor of Sheffield Cllr John Councillor Campbell said:

"Becoming a Freeman of Sheffield is the highest civic honour we can display and Jessica truly deserves it. Jessica is an amazing sportswoman, with incredible success and worldwide appeal. She continues to inspire young people here in the city."

A proud Jessica with the scroll Credit: Dean Hodson – Image Factory

Jessica said:

“Winning the Olympics in Britain has exceeded everything I could have ever wished for and the reception I have received from my home city has been unbelievable. Being Olympic Champion is the best feeling ever and as an athlete the ultimate achievement. "

"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.”