IN PICTURES: Thousands enjoy Peace in the Park festival in Sheffield

The message of the day was clear
The message of the day was clear
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Thousands of people flocked to a free festival in Sheffield celebrating harmony, which organisers said was needed more than ever this year.

Peace in the Park drew an estimated 7,000 revellers to The Ponderosa in Upperthorpe yesterday, where they enjoyed music, dance, poetry and more.

This year's festival featured a varied line-up of music

This year's festival featured a varied line-up of music

The annual event, which is funded by the community and has been running since 2003, harnesses the city's creativity to promote peace and celebrate Sheffield's diversity.

Festival director Sara Hill said it was needed more this year than ever before in the wake of the recent terrorist attacks in Manchester and London.

"It's an event that showcases not only the best of this city's artists but the best of its people," she said.

"It was needed more than ever this year in light of recent events, and it was lovely to see so many people come together and have a great time.

Acrofusion Yoga helped people test their flexibility

Acrofusion Yoga helped people test their flexibility

"We had people coming up to us and saying 'thank you, this is just what we needed', which was really touching."

Security was heightened at this year's event but Sara praised the wonderful job by police and thanked them for letting the festival go ahead at all, as she said it would have been easy for them to cancel such an event with no gates or fences to control the crowds.

Sara, who has spent the last few days camped out in the park with her partner and fellow director Olly Galvin, also thanked the team of around 120 volunteers without whom she said the festival could not have happened.

Highlights this year included a samba band, which Sara said got everyone on their feet as they brought the festival to a rousing close, and the Mango Rescue Team whose tropical tunes brought some sunshine spirit on an overcast day.

Peace in the Park featured some of the best musical talent from Sheffield and surrounding areas

Peace in the Park featured some of the best musical talent from Sheffield and surrounding areas

In the cabaret tent, Gav Roberts' recital of his poem Put All Weapons Down was particularly pertinent and moving in the wake of the recent atrocities.

People descended on the park again today for a litter pick and picnic as the clean-up operation got underway.

Crowds were given the chance to try out circus skills

Crowds were given the chance to try out circus skills