Singing in the harvest to keep tradition alive

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A Sheffield pub is keeping up the tradition of its annual Harvest Sing on Sunday.

The yearly get-together around the piano at The Rivelin Hotel is now well into its third decade, having started more than 20 years ago.

It takes place on the first Sunday in October - this year October 4 - from midday.

“A lot of people love a good sing round the piano, but that situation seems almost to have disappeared in Sheffield pubs,” said harvest singer Geoff Lester.

“It’s rare even to find a piano in a pub these days. But one exception is the Rivelin.”

The pub reopened last year following refurbishment, ending fears that 2014’s Harvest Sing would not go ahead at its time-honoured venue.

Several other pubs offered to step in after The Rivelin, on Tofts Lane, overlooking the Rivelin Valley, was put on the market.

Songs and hymns will be played by Sue Heritage on The Rivelin’s piano - donated by the late David Smith, an enthusiast of local singing.

Song sheets will be provided, and there will be a charity raffle of produce, which has raised thousands for charities over the years.

Geoff said the event is inclusive and open to all, not just enthusiasts.

“It’s for everyone - regular singers, church choirs, vicars, ramblers, locals, passers-by - anyone who likes a good communal sing.”