City Hall's Art Deco lions - photograph taken from the City Hall's website
City Hall’s Art Deco lions – photograph taken from the City Hall’s website

Did anyone go to the ceremony at the City Hall welcoming the famous lions which have been returned to their rightful home? We certainly weren’t aware of it until spying a small item on Page 14 of Wednesday’s Sheffield Star.

Why wasn’t there more of a fanfare? It’s a big story and we’d like to know more. How did we get them back? Did we have to buy them back or were they a gift? How were they transported? Apparently they’re currently standing in the foyer of the City Hall, are they home to stay and is this going to be their final resting place?

Many of the citizens of Sheffield are very fond of these iconic creatures and would love to know the full story.


3 thoughts on “THE MANE ATTRACTION!

  • November 10, 2017 at 10:36 am

    Lions -have passed to Nancy Fielder at Star.No doubt she’ll do it justice.
    I am a Leo myself.

  • November 10, 2017 at 10:46 am

    I found out through a post to the Sheffield History Facebook group. The event was quite well-attended despite the lack of publicity, and was followed by a tour of the building. Apparently Tarmac have simply made a gift of the lions, on condition that they do not leave the City Hall again. Tarmac also appear to have paid to transport them back to Sheffield. Perhaps it was kept low-key to avoid a crush in the foyer. With the numbers that were there it was comfortable, and possible to hear what was being said.

  • November 12, 2017 at 8:47 am

    Perhaps we should ask Tarmac to restore our missing Crimea Memorial? Ironic that they stipulate that the Lions must not leave the City Hall again is it not? Is this why it was kept so low key?-was the Lord Mayor in attendance I wonder? Interesting and welcome development either way.


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