'Mi Amigo' 75th anniversary flypast
'Mi Amigo', a US Air Force B-17 Flying Fortress returning from a bombing raid, crashed at Endcliffe Park on the morning of 22 February 1944 killing her crew of 10 American servicemen.
Local boy Tony Foulds witnessed the crash and he regularly tends to the memorial. Since October the council have been working with Tony to improve access and information at the site in readiness for the 75th anniversary. Trees and bushes around memorial area have been pruned to improve access, the gravel footpath below the memorial has been resurfaced, new flower planters have been placed by the memorial and work to open up site lines around the river bank are due to be completed before the event.
Tony's story, which was picked up by BBC Breakfast presenter Dan Walker as he walked his dog and bumped into Tony as he tended to the memorial in the park, has captivated the world’s media.
The US Airforce and Royal Air Forces are organising a flypast featuring several of its aircraft in the park on Friday 22 February, with the event being captured live on BBC Breakfast between 7 and 9am.
Click the link below for further details about the flypast honouring 75 years since the disaster,
The annual memorial service is on Sunday 24 February at 2pm at St Augustine’s Parish Church, Endcliffe. Prior to the service, a group of USAF personnel, RAFA officers, the Lord Mayor, Lord-Lieutenant, High Sheriff and members of the public hold a wreath-laying ceremony at the memorial site.
The Royal Air Force Association Sheffield Branch placed a memorial stone close to the crash site in 1966. After that for 30 years an annual service was held and wreaths laid by USAF, RAF, FAFA and community representations. In 1997 the USAF base at Menwith Hill and the USAF Retirees Association became involved and the memorial site was upgraded. The annual service became a much bigger affair – with the Sea Cadets band, City of Sheffield Pipe Band and a lone piper.
Women's vote centenary celebrated
Friday 14 December 2018 saw inspirational women from across Sheffield gather at Sheffield Town Hall to celebrate 100 years since some women were able to vote and stand as an MP in a general election for the first time.
A piece of silverwork created by Sheffield artist Jessica Flinn was unveiled to mark the occasion and will be displayed in the Silver Room of Sheffield Town Hall.
Invictus Games UK Games trials
The first ever national games for wounded, injured and sick veterans and personnel was launched yesterday in Sheffield by the UK partnership consisting of the Ministry of Defence, Help for Heroes and The Royal British Legion.
Participants will be able to take advantage of Sheffield’s world class sporting facilities and venues and take part in adaptive sports including athletics, wheelchair basketball, powerlifting, swimming and sitting volleyball. The general public are encouraged to get involved and witness competitors displaying the ‘unconquered spirit’ that was showcased in Sydney last autumn.
The event in Sheffield will also incorporate Team UK’s Trials for the next Invictus Games in The Hague, Netherlands in May 2020. Veterans and currently serving personnel who are wounded, injured or sick can register to compete at the games by contacting Help for Heroes on the link below.
A new 'HMS Sheffield' is announced
HMS Sheffield is set to sail again following the announcement late in 2018 by Stuart Andrew, the Defence Minister, at Chesterfield Special Cylinders in Sheffield, a key supplier to the multi-billion-pound Type 26 programme.
The fourth HMS Sheffield will be built on more than 80 years of proud naval history, with the first ship carrying her name in 1935. She played a vital role in Scandinavia during the second world war, and assisted with the evacuation of Andalsnes in 1940. She also took part in the first major Allied landing of the war in North Africa during Operation ‘Torch’, and patrolled waters from the Mediterranean to the Arctic. The second HMS Sheffield, a Type 42 destroyer, was lost during the Falklands War.
Deputy Lord Mayor Cllr. Tony Downing said, 'This is a very proud moment and a very great honour for the city of Sheffield. It once again shows our strong commitment and proud affiliation with the Royal Navy.
Sheffield is world famous for its quality, strength and integrity and this announcement is also a celebration of the contribution our city makes to the defence of the UK. I am delighted to see Sheffield once again, proudly displayed on a Royal Navy warship – the Shiny Sheff.'
Armed Forces Covenant
We signed the Armed Forces Covenant in November 2011 (previously known as the Community Covenant). This Local Covenant complements the National Armed Forces Covenant and is a statement of mutual support between the civilian and local armed forces community.
People as young as 17 can be sent on active service so many veterans are younger than people realise, nearly a quarter of people seeking help from the Royal British Legion are under the age of 44.
Armed Forces Day 29 June
Armed Forces Day is a chance to show your support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community: from currently serving troops to Service families, veterans and cadets.