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Horror at Sheffield Fright Night party’s axe

Fright Night,Sheffield City Centre.....Cat Barrington & Francis Gray

Fright Night,Sheffield City Centre.....Cat Barrington & Francis Gray

Fans of Sheffield’s Fright Night Halloween party have said they will miss the event after organisers announced it is off this year.

Organisers at Yellow Bus Events said the free celebration - which attracts up to 40,000 people - would take a ‘rest’ in 2014 because of financial and other problems.

They hope to bring it back in 2015.

But Star reader Rachael Pickin said: “I think abolishing events such as this is yet another way to destroy the spirit and appeal of our great city.”

Fright Night, which transformed the city centre with spooky rides, stalls and entertainment, has become the biggest Halloween event of its kind since it launched 13 years ago.

Smaller-scale Halloween events are now planned for this October and council cabinet member Isobel Bowler said the year off would be used to look at an event ‘focused on young children and families’.

But Sherlockk, another reader on The Star’s website, said: “Fright Night was the one event we had that wasn’t focused on families and young children. It was targeted at all ages and that is what made it so great.

“We already have too many events targeted at families and young children - what about the rest of us?”

Brenda Morley added: “It has to happen this year – my grandchildren come from Suffolk to see it!

“It is such a brilliant night and we all love it, please let it happen this year.”

But some readers said the night had fallen flat in recent years.

Matthew Stanley said: “It’s boring, it is the same every year.

“Also it is overpriced for food and drink there.”

Fright Night cost £65,000 to stage last year.

Sheffield Council has reduced its contribution by 40 per cent over two years.

 

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