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Show goes on at rain-hit Sheffield festival

The Lord Mayor of Sheffield, Peter Rippon, and his consort and wife Susan, try the carousel at Lowedges Festival.

The Lord Mayor of Sheffield, Peter Rippon, and his consort and wife Susan, try the carousel at Lowedges Festival.

A popular Sheffield community festival went ahead as normal – despite the best efforts of ex-Hurricane Bertha.

Numbers at Lowedges Festival were down on normal years as rain fell on the day, regulars said despite a range of attractions.

A sheep show with sheepdogs was one highlight, as was the dog arena with dog agility displays.

A classic car show drew plenty of attention with vehicles including vintage tractors, vans, lorries and motor bikes.

Friends of Greenhill Park, where the event was held, and the Greenhill Tenants’ Association decided the show would go on whatever the weather.

Jean Graham, aged 76, a member of AgeWell Low Edges, said the day was very important for the estate.

She said: “It’s just a shame about the blooming weather – on the morning I thought it might be cancelled.

“Everybody knows everyone else around here and just about everyone comes to our tombola – we’re famous for it.

“I’ve lived on the estate for 47 years and I wouldn’t miss the festival for the world.”

Hazel and Terence Smith, who also live on the estate, said they were also festival regulars.

Hazel said: “It’s usually a fantastic day but it is rather quiet this year, there don’t seem to be as many stalls as usual.

“It’s a shame, but I’m glad that quite a few people have ventured out because it deserves to be supported.”

Also there was a police support team who were carrying out a poll on what issues where most important to the community.

 

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