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Rain makes Sheffield Fayre a ‘washout’

Enjoing the carousel are Gina Townend, Niamh and Natasha Holmes

Enjoing the carousel are Gina Townend, Niamh and Natasha Holmes

  • by Ellen Beardmore
 

Pouring rain dampened the final day of the annual Sheffield Fayre – with one trader calling the event a ‘washout’.

The 13th event at Norfolk Heritage Park was expected to draw in 25,000 people.

Although families turned out in their droves on Saturday and Sunday, far less braved the wet weather today.

Some stallholders stayed away and performances did not go ahead, said one trader who sold soap on both days.

She said: “There must have been thousands around on Sunday but maybe 150 people today.

“Some traders haven’t even bothered coming back. The bouncy castle took the decision to clear off at half nine, because you can’t move your car after 9.30am.

“On Sunday there were performances, but on Monday there were none.

“Today is a bit of a washout and disappointing compared to Sunday, which was really good. Lots of people came and made a day of it.”

This year the fayre has focused on fairground traditions with a Merrie England Village rather than historic re-enactments in a partnership with the University of Sheffield.

Some visitors were unhappy and one said people were ‘walking out’.

Marge Allen, joint fayre committee chairman, said the decision ad been made to ‘future proof’ the event.

She said before the show: “We know some people will be disappointed the re-enactments are not here but our most important task is make sure this fantastic event keeps going and remains free.”

 

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