Fun and games as Sheffield playground opens

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Laughter of children filled the air as a Sheffield community declared a brand new playground open.

Sunny skies smiled upon Arbourthorne Playing Fields as youngsters, parents and local residents gathered for the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

A new playground dedicated to the memory of Ann and Tom Whatton has been opened in Arbourthorne. Our picture shows pupils from Arbourthorne Community Primary School enjoying the new play area. Also pictured is Sheffield Cabinet member Jack Scott.

A new playground dedicated to the memory of Ann and Tom Whatton has been opened in Arbourthorne. Our picture shows pupils from Arbourthorne Community Primary School enjoying the new play area. Also pictured is Sheffield Cabinet member Jack Scott.

Children from Arbourthorne Community Primary School were treated to a first go on the equipment, which includes swings, climbing frames, a roundabout and a zip-wire.

The area was dedicated at the official opening to the memory of community stalwarts Ann and Tom Whatton.

Mr and Mrs Whatton were dedicated members of the Friends of Arbourthorne Pond, the group which first began campaigning to get a new playground on the site around eight years ago.

A commemorative stone bearing their names now sits in a quiet corner of the new space.

The couple’s daughter Denise Frost, aged 54, who lives in Arbourthorne, said: “It’s fantastic to see the playground finished and watch all the kids enjoying themselves.”

Funding came from Viridor Landfill Tax Credit Scheme, Community First, and the East Community Assembly.

Diana Booth, 71, of nearby Paddock Crescent, said: “Seeing the little ones playing is fantastic. I just hope it stays that way.”