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Brolly good fun at Herdings Park Festival

Herdings Park Festival. Children were able to decorate umbrella and would parade them round later in the day

Herdings Park Festival. Children were able to decorate umbrella and would parade them round later in the day

Almost 3,000 people packed into a Sheffield park to enjoy live music, cheerleaders and an umbrella parade.

Herdings Park Festival saw various activities on offer in the park off Raeburn Road – with Newfield, Bankwood and Valley Park Primary School youngsters as well as families getting involved.

The festival, funded entirely by the community and run by volunteers, was opened by Coun Peter Rippon, Lord Mayor of Sheffield, and ended with children twirling umbrellas they painted and decorated themselves.

Festival costs were met through donations from local businesses and churches.

Steve Rundell, a volunteer organiser from Gleadless Community Forum, said: “It was an amazing day. The number of people outweighed our expectations - we had about 2,500, maybe 3,000 people.

“Many of the activities had to stop because they simply ran out of equipment.

“The music was amazing, the organisation was amazing, the smiles on people’s faces were amazing.

“It was a really, really positive day for Gleadless Valley and a day we’re not going to forget for a while.”

 

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