Festive knees-up to launch quarter

Hendrika Stephens, who has led the campaign to create for a Sheffield Antiques Quarter.
Hendrika Stephens, who has led the campaign to create for a Sheffield Antiques Quarter.
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IT’S time to don your best brooch and slip on some vintage heels as Sheffield prepares to welcome its new Antiques Quarter.

A festive knees-up has been organised to mark the launch of the latest jewel to be added to the city’s crown. Antiques experts, businessmen and women, and supporters from Sheffield Council will gather for the celebratory event on Sunday, November 25.

Councillor Leigh Bramall and former pop star Dave Berry will be present to deliver speeches to shoppers at the grand opening of the area, which has been several months in the making.

The quarter, which plays host to a plethora of antiques centres, curiosity shops and quaint cafes lies between Heeley and Nether Edge. It spans Abbeydale Road, Broadfield Road and Queens Road and was the brainchild of artist Hendrika Stephens of the Corner Gallery, who brought together a steering group.

It is hoped the new venture will establish Sheffield as a leading light and lover of all things vintage, with other cities in the UK poised to follow suit.

Ivan Macquisten, of the Antiques Trade Gazette, said: “What’s happening in Sheffield is a template for other towns and cities in the UK, not just in terms of art and antiques but in the whole approach that business, local government and people living in the area should take. It is a credit to the efforts and imagination of the retailers, as well as the enlightened approach of the council.”

There will be more than 30 stalls selling antiques, craft, vintage and art, live music, a Santa’s grotto and activities at the market. Proceeds raised from the event will be donated to Sheffield Children’s Hospital charity.

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