THOUSANDS flocked to an annual summer gala as festival fever gripped a Sheffield estate...
An incredible 10,000-plus visitors descended on Greenhill Park yesterday for the Lowedges Festival, which has been run for the last three years and which locals say is getting bigger and better every time.
A fun fair, a climbing wall and a classic car and bike show all kept the crowds at this year’s celebrations entertained.
There was also a falconry display, a community dog show and football coaching sessions provided by Sheffield Wednesday.
For those feeling peckish there was a world food and farmers’ market, where stall holders gave away free samples of tasty treats.
The free festival, sponsored by travel firm Stagecoach, had been organised by the Greenhill and Bradway Tenants’ and Residents’ Association.
Sheffield Homes, which manages Sheffield’s council housing, also helped organisers with funding applications to pay for the event, and staff gave up their free time to volunteer on the day.
Councillor Clive Skelton, who was a judge at the classic car and bike show, said he was overwhelmed by the turnout.
“The festival was brilliant - it was massive,” he said.
“Greenhill Park was packed with family attractions and all the surrounding roads were full of cars so people had obviously come from far and wide to attend and support the event.
“If you take the classic car and bike show as a measure of the popularity of the event, there were around 50 entries in that alone.
“The festival has certainly grown over the years and is a huge success - those who organise it have done a remarkable job and the fact that local people turn out in force proves that.
“I got there early but still had to park 10 minutes away because I could not get anywhere near.
“I remember the first festival when around 500 people turned up, so the numbers it attracts now are brilliant.”