NEWS
17/08/2012 03:43 BST | Updated 16/10/2012 06:12 BST

London 2012 Olympics: Jessica Ennis To Unveil Hollywood-Style Plaque On Sheffield Homecoming

Olympic golden girl Jessica Ennis will unveil her new plaque on Sheffield's Hollywood-style Walk of Fame when she returns to her home city today.

The heptathlon champion and gold medallist, 26, will be honoured at a civic reception in Barkers Pool in the city centre.

She will reveal the tribute, which will have been given a golden hue, on an outdoor stage before it is set into the pavement.

Ennis's name was initially added to the walk - which resembles the famous Walk of Fame tourist attraction on Hollywood Boulevard - last year.

It sits alongside those of other Sheffield stars including actor Sean Bean, singer Joe Cocker and athlete-turned Games organiser Sebastian Coe.

Crowds have been asked to wear gold, nearby trees and lamp posts will be draped in the same colour and Sheffield Lord Mayor Councillor John Campbell will officially welcome the Olympian home this evening.

Jessica Ennis after winning gold at the London 2012 Olympics

Mr Campbell said: "Jessica is a true superstar and we want to give her a massive Sheffield welcome home.

"She has done her home city proud. She is such a great ambassador for Sheffield and we are so proud of her.

"Jessica has stayed strong to her Sheffield roots by being educated here through school and university, training here and seeing Sheffield as her home. She has risen to the occasion and now is the time for the city to rise to her."

The celebrations will begin at 4pm, when Balm Green next to the city hall will be transformed into a mini athletics track where young people can try out some of the heptathlon events.

Sheffield artists Sarah Mac and The Hot Soles will take to the stage from 5pm, followed by a celebration of Jessica's journey to Olympic success which will be shown on big screens.

The ceremony will then begin on stage at 6.30pm and the event will end around 7pm with the Everly Pregnant Brothers performing a song written in Jessica's honour.

A private reception for Jessica and her family will then take place in the city hall.

Jessica has said she is looking forward to coming home. "Winning the Olympics in Britain has exceeded everything I could have ever wished for - I am still in a state of disbelief!" she said. "Being Olympic champion is the best feeling ever and as an athlete the ultimate achievement.

"I have to say a big thank you to both the people of Sheffield who have believed in me and backed me over the years and to the people who were there in the stadium in London who really lifted me every step of the way."