Rain fails to put a dampener on Sheffield’s Broomhill Festival

On song: Recorder players undaunted by the rain in Victoria Park, Broomhill.          PictureS: StUART HASTINGS.
On song: Recorder players undaunted by the rain in Victoria Park, Broomhill. PictureS: StUART HASTINGS.
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DISTRACTIONS and drizzle have failed to put a dampener on a festival celebrating the identity of a Sheffield community.

Hundreds of people have enjoyed events - from open gardens to jazz and history walks to art exhibitions - as part of the 38th popular Broomhill Festival.

The spectacular launched on June 14 and runs until Sunday.

As recorder players braved the rain yesterday to rehearse in Victoria Park, a Sheffield Young Singers concert at St Mark’s Church was expecting a sell-out crowd.

Alan Wellings, festival chairman, said: “It has gone remarkably well considering all the distractions.

“What with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, the football, the short half-term squeezing us and Olympic activities, it has been a difficult festival to plan.

“We have had some really interesting performances and the events have been very well attended.

“Last night, Sheffield Young Singers were at St Marks and were absolutely sold out, with more than 200 tickets gone.”

By the end of this year’s event, more than 40 festival events will have taken place - including flower-arranging classes, a fancy dress procession and poetry.

Alan, who has lived in Broomhill since 1969, said: “On Saturday, a garden party was indoors because of the weather, but it still went extremely well.

“The rain has been a problem for open gardens but luckily gardeners will still go and see them even in the pouring rain.

“The festival is important because it reinforces the identity of Broomhill - this is an expression of being Broomhill.”

TODAY

7.30pm: Gala dinner at The Rutland Hotel, Glossop Road;

7.30pm: Jazz cafe at St Mark’s Church, Broomfield Road.

TOMORROW

12.45pm: Poems about Sheffield and family at Oxfam shop, Fulwood Road;

2pm: Open garden at 23 Southbourne Road;

2.30pm: Paul Blomfield MP gives a talk entitled Local or national, does politics really matter? at Broomhill Methodist Church; Fulwood Road;

7.30pm: Bach Society at St Mark’s Church.

SUNDAY

10am: Festival service of worship at St Mark’s Church;

Noon: Open gardens at Lifestyle House on Melbourne Road and at The Rutland Hotel.