FASHION shows, taster sessions and a host of art activities were on the agenda when Nether Edge hosted its own mini ‘Party in the Park.’
Hundreds of people turned out for the Sheffield community’s afternoon tea party - sponsored by Big Lottery Funding, to unite the many and diverse families in the area.
“There are just under 8,000 people living in Nether Edge and we thought it would be great for the community to spend some time together with a party atmosphere,” said Mandy Wilson, of the Nether Edge Neighbourhood Group, who organised the event.
“The atmosphere was brilliant and it was inspiring to see this crowd of people coming together and having fun, the way communities often used to do.”
The tea party, held on the Common Ground on Woodstock Road on Sunday, included den-building, lantern-making for the Sharrow Lantern Festival and a fashion show where children aged four to twelve modelled their own outfits.
“The fashion show was a chance for the children of Nether Edge to try and put their neighbourhood on the map as the style centre of Sheffield,” said local resident Nazia Ali, who organised it.
Helen Honour brought her eight-year-old daughter Lottie along, and she modelled a flowing cream gown she created herself.
“Around 40 kids took part in the fashion show and it was so great to see what they’d come up with,” she told The Star.
“One little girl was wearing a pink flamenco dress and there were some of the most beautiful Asian outfits I’ve ever seen strutting down that red carpet.”
Helen said the atmosphere on the day was ‘brilliant’ and the event certainly seemed to be succeeding in bringing local families together.
“There was lots of mingling and lots of people chatting,” confirmed Helen.
“There were so many people that it was a bit of a squash at times and there was this great vibrant buzz in the air. It was so lovely to see a community sharing activites and enjoying spending time together.
“Lottie was having a great time trying out the arts and crafts and even made her Mothers’ Day card nice and early.”