Sheffield residents brave the cold for festive fair

The Glee Bah Glum Choir about to entertain
The Glee Bah Glum Choir about to entertain
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WRAPPED up in hats and gloves, they came to see Christmas sparkle light up a glum winter sky.

Hundreds of people braved freezing temperatures and miserable drizzle to celebrate the festive season at Sheffield’s Firth Park.

The Christmas light switch on and firework display at Firth Park

The Christmas light switch on and firework display at Firth Park

The amber glow from a lantern parade at nearby Hatfield Primary School provided some much-needed warmth, while the park was a hive of activity with stalls and fairground rides.

It was then down to special guests - the Lord Mayor of Sheffield and MP David Blunkett - to press down the plunger for the official lights switch-on.

A huge firework display rounded off the festivities.

For mum-of-two Keeley Heywood, 36, of High Green, it was the perfect way to get her children Mia, 11, and six-year-old Blake in the mood for Christmas.

She said: “We’ve been to make a wreath. I came last year and did one and it looked really elegant on my front door. It only costs £2. If you got one in a shop it would be more like £15.

“I’ve lived in this area for 16 years and I always come to this event. The community does a really good job organising it.”

Fair-goers including Terri Bracken, 25, and youngsters Ethan, three, and 18-month-old Elise waited patiently for their turn to meet Santa Claus in his grotto.

Terri said: “We’re freezing but they’re excited to see Father Christmas.”