Family flock to Herdings Park for summer fun

Jessica Hudson-May, six and Kieron Smith, six, with their face painted at the Gleadless Valley Festival. Picture: Andrew Roe
Jessica Hudson-May, six and Kieron Smith, six, with their face painted at the Gleadless Valley Festival. Picture: Andrew Roe
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Families flocked to a Sheffield park to enjoy an annual community festival.

More than 3,000 people attended Valley Festival in Herdings Park to enjoy the summer sunshine, as well as dancing, live music, a gun dog show, children’s rides and a car boot sale.

Newfield Cheer Squad at the Gleadless Valley Festival. Picture: Andrew Roe

Newfield Cheer Squad at the Gleadless Valley Festival. Picture: Andrew Roe

It was organised by Reach South Sheffield and was supported by Gleadless Valley Methodist Church as well as Gleadless Valley Tenants & Residents Association and Sheffield Town Trust.

Organiser Susan Dixon, Reach South Sheffield community and business activity coordinator, said: “It was a really, really good day and very busy.

“We’ve had several emails from people complimenting the organisation and asking if they can come back next year.

“There was a cèilidh band, a jazz band and a dance group called Funky Dance Fever who are a group of 60 girls aged six to 16. They were fantastic and people loved them.

Evie Powell, four with her face mask for the parade at the Gleadless Valley Festival. Picture: Andrew Roe

Evie Powell, four with her face mask for the parade at the Gleadless Valley Festival. Picture: Andrew Roe

“Everyone was delighted, we had a big response from local community groups who gave out information on health and wellbeing.”

The Congolese Singers at the Gleadless Valley Festival. Picture: Andrew Roe

The Congolese Singers at the Gleadless Valley Festival. Picture: Andrew Roe

Gleadless Methodist Church Band play at the Gleadless Valley Festival. Picture: Andrew Roe

Gleadless Methodist Church Band play at the Gleadless Valley Festival. Picture: Andrew Roe