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The sun was shining, the cattle were combed and Sheffielders flocked in their droves for a knees-up at the annual Highland Fling in Graves Park.

Thousands of Bank Holiday revellers attended the 11th Highland Fling Country Fair, which is one of the biggest bashes on the city’s outdoor events calendar.

Families were kept entertained with all sorts of attractions, including Highland cattle displays, ferret racing, miniature train rides and sheep shearing.

Visitor Cat Brockbank, aged 36, of Deepcar, said: “We’ve brought our little ones with us so we headed straight to the playground and then we went to see the cattle – the kids love anything that says ‘moo’!

“I think this is the third year we have been here in a row and we always really enjoy it. It’s always a really nice atmosphere and everyone is really friendly.

“There’s always lots to do for the kids too – it isn’t all about rides and chip stalls. There’s lots of different stuff to see and do.”

This year’s Highland Fling had a cycling theme to mark the forthcoming Grand Départ of the Tour de France in Yorkshire.

A yellow tent in the middle of the park housed a number of cycling-themed stalls, where visitors could get involved in bicycle-themed science activities, decorate their own bikes at a workshop, get a safety check and find out more about cycling nutrition.

Jonathan Drury, of Sheffield-based nutritious spread company Savvy, said: “The Highland Fling is a mixture between fun and bouncy, and a little bit cultural as well.

“This is my park as I grew up just down the road, so it’s pretty exciting to be here and doing this at a time when cycling is such a talking point ahead of the Tour de France.”

Gareth Roberts, of the Regather trading co-operative, which is supporting the Sheffield Steel Peleton Project ahead of the Yorkshire Festival, added: “We have thrown ourselves into the whole thing because, from our point of view, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity.

“The Tour will not come back to Sheffield in my lifetime so we’re making the most of it.”

 

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