Community ‘united’ at Sheffield fun day

Nine year old 
Faye Lindley gets her face painted at Firth Park Festival 2014

Nine year old Faye Lindley gets her face painted at Firth Park Festival 2014

More than 2,000 people flocked to a Sheffield park for a popular festival of activities, dance and sport.

Firth Park Festival saw a host of family-friendly fun and games staged for the community.

Schools and community groups put on dancing displays, while youngsters also enjoyed a climbing wall and bouncy castles among many other attractions at the free event yesterday.

Chris Fox, one of the festival organisers, said: “It was brilliant. We had a bit of a damp start, but a lot of people have attended.

“We must have had about 2,000 people, and a lot of children and families came along.”

Those attending were encouraged to bring their bikes along for a check-up and design a T-shirt – with the winner handed a new bike and helmet.

Sporty children took part in penalty shoot-outs as well as enjoyed an inflatable football pitch.

Scouts, martial art groups and Territorial Army displays also made up the offerings, while South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue held demonstrations about chip pan fires.

Mr Fox said: “We had the Lord Mayor of Sheffield, Coun Peter Rippon, come and open the event.

“Several councillors for the local area also attended the event.

“Activity Sheffield brought their climbing walls and equipment which proved popular.

“There has also been a lot of street dancing, in particular we had a group called Romano Jillo.

“They performed traditional Slovakian dance in costume, and the families loved it.

“We also had two or three school groups perform, including Bangra dance.

“That is the great thing about this festival, it unites the whole community.

“I know the area has had a bit of trouble in the past, but this is an event that brings people together.

“There is no pressure on people because they are just here to relax.

“The Friends of Firth Park also created a tea garden, complete with tables and chairs, which is quite traditional, but it was nice.”




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