DEDICATED volunteers have rolled up their sleeves to get Sheffield’s Don Valley Stadium ready for the city’s biggest celebration of music, sport and culture.
A band of helpers from Sheffield International Venues, Green Estate Ltd and Sheffield Council’s community assemblies and local organisations have been busy preparing the site for thousands of visitors expected to flock to this weekend’s Sheftival.
The event, timed to coincide with golden girl Jess Ennis Olympic medal bid, will see a wealth of pop stars including Marcus Collins, Misha B, The Noisettes and The Lightning Seeds take to the stage over Saturday and Sunday.
There will also be Sheftival Live, a free Olympics viewing zone and the Sheftival of Sport at English Institute of Sport Sheffield offering have-a-go sports activities, demonstrations and tournaments.
Pat Smith, general manager of Don Valley Stadium, explains: “The whole area is looking fantastic. Because of the recent wet weather and heavy rain, the grass areas around the cluster of venues have grown much more than usual, so the volunteers have been getting stuck in gardening and cutting back the foliage.
“It has been a great team effort and now we just can’t wait to see the whole area packed for what will be a totally unique event. We’ve got a superb line up, range of sporting sessions and the big screen showing all the Olympic action, so there’s something for everyone.”