A festival held to highlight Sheffield’s cultural diversity as the English Defence League held a protest cost the council £10,000.
Sheffield Council said the cost to the public was ‘tiny’ compared to the £500,000 policing cost of keeping 500 EDL members and Unite Against Fascism and Muslim counter-demonstrators apart.
Saturday’s One Sheffield, Many Cultures festival in the Peace Gardens involved live music and other entertainment.
Council leader Coun Julie Dore said: “The event was a perfect example of how our communities can unite and come together to celebrate our city on a day when others were trying interrupt the peace.
“The event was funded from a pot of money we have available to spend on showing support to our communities and promoting our multi-cultural and hugely diverse city.
“I enjoyed the concert and was pleased it served its purpose.”
The cash of £10,000 came from the council’s community cohesion budget – ‘set aside to help the city recognise, support, and celebrate diversity’.
EDL members came to Sheffield last weekend, accompanied by leader Tommy Robinson, to lay a wreath ‘in memory’ of soldier Drummer Lee Rigby, who was murdered in Woolwich.