THE theme was yesteryear as Sheffield took a step back in time to mark the launch of its new Antiques Quarter. The opening was carried out by Adam Schoon from the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow, who returned to his home city for the event.
Stallholders in forties dress sold antiques, crafts and vintage art as shoppers browsed the quarter’s 30 shops.
The quarter was the brainchild of Hendrika Stephens, owner of art business The Corner Gallery.
Hundreds of residents turned out for the Christmas market in the new quarter which lies between Heeley and Nether Edge and spans Abbeydale Road, Broadfield Road and Queens Road.
“I’m so impressed, it really is quite a show Sheffield is putting on here,” said 75-year-old resident Peter Maymon, as young couples performed a jitterbug over his shoulder.
Chris Camps, aged 41, agreed: “I wouldn’t say I’m a huge antiques fan, but I’ve had a really great time looking around here today.
“I definitely think more cities should take the initiative to do what Sheffield is doing.”
The Lord Mayor of Sheffield Coun John Campbell also popped in to browse.
He said: “The Antiques Quarter is great for the city and there’s clearly an interest given the huge number of people here today.”
Rob Hearne visited the market with girlfriend Lizzie Spears: “It’s so nice that we have this marker road in Sheffield that people from out of town will come specifically to visit,” he said.
Julia Daley, 47, said: “What a great way of drawing people together for something different.”
Sheffield Antiques Quarter is made up of a two-floor antiques centre, 20 shops and six cafes.