Paralympic torch will burn bright at Sheffield fair

Battle re-enactment scene that will be re-created at the Sheffield Fayre.
Battle re-enactment scene that will be re-created at the Sheffield Fayre.
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SHEFFIELD will welcome the Paralympic torch relay during one of the city’s most popular events.

This year’s Jubilee Fayre, which takes place at Norfolk Heritage Park, is set to play host to the race when it arrives in the city on Sunday, August 26.

In a similar vein to the city’s Olympic torch celebrations, crowds will be welcome to watch as the silver beacon is carried through the park from 1pm.

The event is one of a wealth of events taking place during the two-day event, now in its 11th year.

Visitors can expect the usual mix of craft tents, trade stands and Sheffield Horticulture Show, along with the popular re-enactments which bring history to life.

For the first time this year, there will be an homage to the ‘freak shows’ of bygone eras with Dr Phantasma’s Ten in One Show. An array of unusual acts - including Electra, defying 27,000 volts, producing sparks from her fingers, and Miss Elastina who twists and contorts her body around steel blades.

Another new addition is the Victorian-themed marquee, which has been organised to mark the Queen’s 60th year on the throne and commemorate Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee, the year in which she opened Sheffield Town Hall.

Activity Sheffield will also provide sporting challenges for youngsters to mark the Paralympic Games.

The event is organised by Sheffield Council, in partnership with The Friends of Norfolk Heritage Park. It is supported by The University of Sheffield and National Fairground Archive.

Coun Isobel Bowler, Sheffield Council’s cabinet member for culture, said: “The Sheffield Jubilee Fayre is set to continue this year of very special events that everyone has enjoyed so much. There really is something for everyone at the event and it’s free admission for everyone, so I hope people will turn out to support it and the Paralympic torch relay when it visits.”

The Jubilee Fayre runs from 10.30am to 5.30 pm on Sunday, August 26, and Monday, August 27. The Paralympic torch will arrive at the park at 1pm on the Sunday.