Today’s Star columnist: Rachel Habergham

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We are a country full of tradition, with activities and events that go back centuries.

As a city we were lucky to host the traditional Maundy Thursday Service recently and it was lovely to see so many people out to enjoy the moment.

I was there early with a friend and our children as I am a strong believer in ensuring our children are encouraged to embrace and understand traditions.

Without this traditions will continue to disappear in favour of more activities that are technology-related and less sociable.

If you look closely you will find traditions all around you and many become more noticeable as the longer days arrive.

Traditions come in so many forms. I know many people who enjoy a pleasant evening involving a well dressing or Morris dancing, others love the sporting traditions.

Many of you will have your own family traditions that you hold dear.

Sheffield itself has many traditions, often linked to the industries that were synonymous with the city.

I am sure everyone has one tradition that they would hate to see lost over time.

I have recently been involved in an event in Wales and Kiveton Park to remember a tradition of May queens.

This is another tradition that has a long history but has disappeared in most villages.

It has been lovely to see all the old photographs and hear people’s stories of their time as a May Queen.

As part of the event we have also dusted off the village Maypole and got some local children dancing. I can’t be the only one that remembers fondly Maypole dancing at school, but again something you rarely see any more.

I can’t wait to see them all proudly perform in the village.

I am a massive believer in society moving on and embracing what is new in the world but that shouldn’t mean everything we have held dear in the past should disappear.

All around you there will be small groups of people trying to maintain traditions, look out for local events and support them. Without people’s support they soon become a dim and distant memory.