Peace gathering returns to Sheffield park ‘better than ever’

Sheffield's largest free arts and music festival, Peace in the Park, returned to the Ponderosa Park in Netherthorpe this weekend for its 10th anniversary. Our picture shows some of of those who attended the event dancing in the park.
Sheffield's largest free arts and music festival, Peace in the Park, returned to the Ponderosa Park in Netherthorpe this weekend for its 10th anniversary. Our picture shows some of of those who attended the event dancing in the park.
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Thousands of people gathered in a Sheffield park for a free festival which returned ‘better than ever’ for the first time in two years.

Peace In The Park took over the Ponderosa in Netherthorpe, offering scores of activities and arts events.

The festival – first held more than a decade ago – was called off in 2013 when organisers ran into fundraising difficulties.

But organiser Gareth Roberts said Saturday’s festival was ‘better organised and better attended’ than any other Peace In The Park.

“We’re really delighted,” he said.

“Previously it’s always been a bit of a struggle, but this year we were ready. The weather was kind to us too.”

Gareth said between 6,000 and 8,000 people attended, with many staying throughout the day for longer than before.

“We expect to return in 2015. This year we had a reboot. We recruited a huge number of new volunteers and had a dedicated fundraising team. We reminded people how Peace in the Park actually happens.”

Around £3,000 was raised on the day for good causes.

“That’s up on previous years,” said Gareth. “All the essential ingredients were there this year.”

Bands performed on the main stage as well as in the acoustic tent, while the comedy and cabaret tent featured live stand-up.

Yoga and zumba workshops were on offer, along with lessons in circus skills.

Food stalls and information stands were available for visitors to browse.