RAIN-DRENCHED revellers got a surprise when deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg dropped in on their Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
The Liberal Democrat party leader and MP for Sheffield Hallam, along with his wife Miriam Gonzalez Durantez, were the surprise guests at festivities in Totley.
And Mr Clegg proved he is a man of the people by tucking into a meat and potato pasty - just days after the coalition government scrapped its controversial tax on hot savoury snacks.
Residents of Totley Hall Drive and Totley Hall Mead had organised a Jubilee lunch in their local park but had been forced to relocate due to the rain.
Armed with a Victoria Sponge cake to share with fellow guests, Mr Clegg and his wife took shelter from the rain in a gazebo in the garden of accountant Sharon Thompson, aged 35.
Mother-of-three Mrs Thompson said: “It was really special when he turned up. He joined in the party and had a pasty and a joke with the children and asked them about school.
“We had a selection of crisps, sausage rolls, pasties, cheese and ham sandwiches, plus cordial wine and beer.
“He had blackcurrant cordial and a pasty.
“It certainly brightened things up when you look at the weather, and it’s nice they made the effort. It made it a really nice day.”
The Cleggs made the stop-off before heading to Chatsworth House in Derbyshire, where they were guests of honour at the estate’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
Mr Clegg said: “It is fantastic that right across Sheffield and the rest of the country people are coming together to celebrate this historic occasion.
“Miriam and I were delighted to join in with celebrations. We are grateful to local residents who pitched in to help organise events like this in their local community.
“We might not have the sun, but that hasn’t put people off getting in the spirit and having a great party.”