Crowds bask in sunshine at Sheffield summer fayre

A sunny and packed Weston Park for the May Fayre.

A sunny and packed Weston Park for the May Fayre.

Scorching temperatures saw people flock to enjoy an annual Sheffield summer fayre and make it a success.

Today’s event at Weston Park was organised to help mark the 20th anniversary of the National Fairground Archive in Sheffield – a collection of material covering all aspects of the culture and history of travelling fairs and entertainment from the 1800s to today.

Organisers tried to recreate the feel of summer fayres from bygone days by setting up traditional carousel rides, a helter-skelter and a classic and vintage car display.

Characters dressed in Victorian costume walked around the park to help create the atmosphere.

An insect circus proved popular, with performers dressed up as giant bees, butterflies, beetles and ladybirds.

Paul Billington, Sheffield Council director of culture, said: “The Weston Park May Fayre is always such a fun, family-friendly part of our events calendar.

“With the impressive Weston Park Museum as a backdrop, this event is one of the highlights of the year in the park and a great way to mark the 20th anniversary of the National Fairground Archive.”

Prof Vanessa Toulmin, fairground archive director, said: “To be celebrating 20 years is fantastic and we couldn’t think of a more fitting way to celebrate this milestone than the Weston Park May Fayre.”

Some fundraising activities were held in the park for the nearby Sheffield Children’s Hospital.

Sick youngsters were invited to the fayre and circus characters arranged to visit those on wards too ill too attend.

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