Bonfire night parade aims to improve Sheffield estate’s image

Staniforth Road, Darnall
Staniforth Road, Darnall
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A community lantern parade is to take place in a Sheffield area blighted by Bonfire Night trouble.

Tomorrow afternoon’s event has been organised by One Darnall and residents are invited to take part.

Police say the aim is to celebrate bonfire night ‘positively’.

In 2012, there was trouble in Darnall on November 5, after a group of youths went on the rampage.

Staniforth Road was shut after up to 50 youths dragged blazing wheelie bins into the road and threw stones at passing cars.

Buses were diverted after one service was ambushed by yobs who assaulted the driver and set off fireworks on board.

The lantern parade sets off from Greenlands Junior School, Fisher Lane, at 4pm and will last for an hour.

Youngsters are invited to wear fancy dress for the parade, the theme of which is ‘light and sparkly’.

Pupils from Philimore Primary School, Greenlands Nursery Infant and Junior Schools and Park Academy will be taking part and lantern making workshops have taken place in Darnall.

Inspector Paul Ferguson, who is responsible for policing in the Darnall area, said: “This is a positive event for pupils, parents and the wider community and I encourage everyone to come along and take part.”

Lloyd Samuels, from One Darnall, said: “We will be celebrating the hard work and positive steps taken by the community in reclaiming a positive image for Darnall.

“This is an ongoing partnership between the community and local groups to develop multicultural celebrations and events, in a bid to create a better environment for all who live and work in Darnall.

“Please come along and show your support.”