Word on the street – friendship matters

Evelyn Smith, Lesley Hall, Lisa Turton, Margaret Richardson, Christine Shipman and Paul Eyre of Sheffield Oddfellows at Friendship Month bash
Evelyn Smith, Lesley Hall, Lisa Turton, Margaret Richardson, Christine Shipman and Paul Eyre of Sheffield Oddfellows at Friendship Month bash
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Friends cobbled together a great spread for a double celebration.

Coronation Street came to South Yorkshire as the Oddfellows Society threw a fancy dress bash to mark October’s national Friendship Month and 60 years since the Queen was crowned.

Volunteers from the Sheffield branch, who extend help and friendship to isolated members of the community, transformed their base into a makeshift Rovers Return.

A leopard-print clad Bet Lynch made an appearance, while branch secretary Paul Eyre paid homage to Hilda Ogden.

The only thing missing was Betty’s hotpot – but the group happily made do with sandwiches.

Mr Eyre said: “Our idea was simple – celebrate one great British institution by dressing up as characters from another.

“We’re trying to encourage everyone to make time for friendship.”