Sheffield party in Richmond park ‘big success’

Link Fest at Sheffield's Richmond Park
Link Fest at Sheffield's Richmond Park
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A DAY designed to bring together communities in Sheffield has been hailed a resounding success.

The Link Festival was organised by the Friends of Richmond Park and Stradbroke and Woodthorpe tenants and community associations.

They put their heads together to give residents a summer event they would not forget.

Around 2,500 people from across the areas gathered for a day of live music, stalls and all the fun of the fair as the summer drew to a close.

Dance and drama groups helped to bring Richmond Park - which community groups have dubbed Sheffield’s best kept secret - alive during the Big Lottery-funded celebration.

Organisers enlisted the help of youngsters from City School and primaries in Richmond, Woodthorpe, Intake and Stradbroke.

The children took to the stage in a variety of performances ranging from Broadway show tunes to heavy rock, while the Lord Mayor of Sheffield paid a special visit.

It was the first time the separate groups have joined forces and the partnership proved so successful all parties hope to make Link an annual event.

Barbara Morris, vice chairwoman of the Friends of Richmond Park, said: “The whole point of the festival was to bring everybody together. “That’s why we called it Link. We decided we needed something that showcased what was going on in the whole area and we managed to put on a day full of live entertainment.

“Bands got up and played for nothing, or next to nothing and it was brilliant getting the schools involved as we hadn’t had a lot of interaction with them in the past.

“After the wet summer meant so many events were cancelled, we were pleased we could give all of the communities something free to enjoy.There were thousands of people going in and out throughout the day. For the first one I would say we did very well. It was a resounding success and I know we love to put something like it on again.”