Sheffield group stepping out to mark anniversaries

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Double anniversary celebrations are set to put a spring in the step of a Sheffield walking group.

The Friends of Wardsend Cemetery is marking the centenary of the start of World War One and 150 years since the Great Sheffield Flood, when the Dale Dyke dam wall failed and flooded large parts of the north of the city.

Newcomers are welcome to join members on the anniversary walk, which takes place on Saturday.

Walkers can meet at Cooper’s scrapyard, at the junction of Livesey Street and Club Mill Road, Owlerton, from 10.30am.

George Proctor, of the Friends, said: “High up on the moors, at Dale Dyke, the dam wall broke and sent millions of gallons of water through Bradfield, Malin Bridge, Hillsborough and other parts of Sheffield in its wake.

“In that flood, 240 people died – Britain’s biggest peacetime disaster. We at Wardsend have 12 victims we know of.”

The Great War tribute to Wardsend men is at City Road Cemetery, but a wreath is laid in the local graveyard each year.

n For details, visit www.friendsofwardsendcemetery.btck.co.uk, call 0114 221 7457 or email wardsend@gmail.com