Thousands enjoy Sheffield’s Music in Gardens

Resounding success: Crowds enjoy the music in the picturesque setting of the Botanical Gardens.'              PICTURES: GLENN ASHLEY.
Resounding success: Crowds enjoy the music in the picturesque setting of the Botanical Gardens.' PICTURES: GLENN ASHLEY.
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A CASE of typical British summertime might have cast a cloud over Sheffield’s Music in the Gardens, but it did not stop thousands of people from uniting in a show of patriotism as the event reached its climax.

The four-day music festival at the Botanical Gardens ended out in a flurry of flag-waving and fireworks on Saturday night.

The Classical Concert saw thousands of people singing along to the anthemic ode to England - Jerusalem - with Sheffield Philharmonic Orchestra.

Organisers the Rotary Clubs of Sheffield were counting their lucky stars when the weekend’s rainfall held off for the evening concerts.

Despite Friday’s daytime downpour, they resisted cancelling headliners 10cc’s performance and 3,300 music-lovers turned out to watch as the band took to the stage to sing favourites from their back catalogue of hits.

With fears muddy conditions could cause slips, Sheffield ice cream makers Our Cow Molly stepped in to make footpaths safe.

Carly Whitfield, from Sheffield Rotaracts and Music in the Gardens organising committee said: “10cc was great, the atmosphere was brilliant.

“The band themselves enjoyed it too, it was a lot different to a lot of other gigs they’ve played. The odds have been stacked against us with the weather a bit but it’s been another resounding success.”