An editor who took charge of her hometown daily this week has vowed to launch a “revolution” in the city.
Nancy Fielder, who took charge at The Star, Sheffield, on Monday, says she is “sick to the back teeth” of rival cities such as Leeds, Manchester and Birmingham prospering over her hometown.
She is now urging readers to help her improve the city, offering to visit their communities to be a “campaigning voice for change”.
Nancy, below, took up her post on Monday, having previously served as acting group editor for Johnston Press’ North Midlands newspapers. She previously worked at The Star between 2007 and 2013, before becoming deputy editor of the Derbyshire Times.
Nancy published an editorial on her first day in the job under the title ‘Help me to launch city revolution’.
She wrote: “Sheffield is the best city in the world. But it is time to speak up and make a difference. As a Sheffielder born and bred I am sick to the back teeth of watching our big city rivals thrive and sparkle around us.
“For far too long we have witnessed Leeds, Manchester and Birmingham develop and improve – while we sit in Sheffield without a clear vision for the future.
“Their city centres are better than ours, their roads have fewer holes, their tailbacks are shorter and even their shopping centres have overtaken ours.”
Nancy went on to list some her favourite developments in Sheffield over recent decades – including its Winter Garden, Leopold Square and the English Institute of Sport.
However, she added the city needed to make better use of its empty buildings, and invited readers to talk to the newspaper about what can be done to improve Sheffield.
She added: “We are the last people who want to talk down our favourite place in the world but we are also the only ones who have the power to make a difference.
“Pick up the phone, grab a pen, send me an email. Tell me what you think should be done and how we do it. Invite me to your neighbourhood and let The Star be your campaigning voice for change.
“Yes, we Sheffielders may have a certain reputation for liking a good old moan, but enough is enough. You, me and our families love this city more than anyone. So if we don’t stand up and fight for it who will?
“It is time we stood together to do something about your Sheffield, my Sheffield, our Sheffield.”