6 August 2015

Sheffield City Council is today saying thank you to everyone in the city who got involved with the twitter campaign to celebrate Sheffield on Yorkshire Day.

Sheffield dominated Yorkshire Day twitter activity on 1 August, with #sheffyorksday tweets being seen by over 86,000 people nationally. The Council tweeted 24 pictures in 24 hours of the people and places of Sheffield, with many other residents getting involved on the day by tweeting their own pictures.

Councillor Julie Dore, Leader of Sheffield City Council, said: “The people of Sheffield really rose to the challenge to get involved on Yorkshire Day, and celebrate our city. This is a new approach for us, involving people in the city more directly in our work to promote Sheffield by using social media in this way. We would like to say a big thank you to everyone who took the time to take a picture and share it.”

Last week the Council issued a call to action for people to get in touch with their ideas for content for a short film to promote the city, with a working title of ‘Our Sheffield’.

Councillor Dore continued: “We have already had some fantastic suggestions for the people and places in Sheffield that we should include in our short film. We know what makes our city a great place to live, work and play is its people and its places and we want to show this to the world.”

The film will be around three minutes long and will be premiered at a major city event in the Autumn. It will also be promoted across the Council’s social media channels.

To get involved with the project, send your ideas or video clips to @SheffCouncil on Twitter, using the hashtag #oursheffield, before the deadline of Monday 17 August. Alternatively, email communications@sheffield.gov.uk with your ideas, or video clips attached.

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Notes to Editors

• The #sheffyorksday pictures depicted people and communities from across the city, including carers enjoying an event at the Town Hall, a barman in Abbeydale Road, a musician on The Moor and a young child with a Yorkshire Day flag in Sheffield’s spectacular countryside.
• And on Yorkshire Day itself, hundreds of people joined in the #sheffyorksday hashtag by retweeing the council’s photographs, as well as sharing their own. The photos that people shared from locations as diverse as Manor Lodge, Weston Park Museum, Park Hill, the Cholera Monument Grounds and the Moor Market.
• To keep up with Sheffield City Council on social media, follow @SheffCouncil on Twitter and SheffieldCityCouncil on Instagram