It’s funny how time - and people - can change things.
George Orwell said, in 1937:
“Sheffield could justly claim to be called the ugliest town in the Old World.”
And then in 2018 The Times called us:
Where once there were factories we now have the Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park - the only city in the world to have one without having hosted the Olympics.
Where there used to be desolation, disuse and ruin, Kelham Island now proudly thrives as The UKs Best Neighbourhood in 2019, beating places like Hackney Wick in London and Ancoats in Manchester.
What used to be ‘Britain’s Worst Estate’ in the 80s is now a transformed Manor Estate, home to a proud community and Green Estate, a social enterprise turning over £2m a year, working around the world on seed and planting programmes.
So, we’re sorry George, but Sheffield ain’t what it used to be - and there’s in fact a whole lot more to life here that is really quite special.