Bank Holiday blow as rain halts Sheffield’s Highland Fling

HIGHLAND FLING   Visitors to the Highland Fling at Graves Park.    2 May 2011
HIGHLAND FLING Visitors to the Highland Fling at Graves Park. 2 May 2011
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DAYS of torrential rain have forced the cancellation of Sheffield’s showpiece May Day Bank Holiday event.

Saturated conditions underfoot have led to the annual Highland Fling in Graves Park on Monday being lost to the weather. Organisers hoped the grass would dry out - but had to accept thousands of visitors were likely to cause serious damage to the soggy turf.

“Conditions are still poor following all the recent heavy rain - and as the weekend forecast is for more unsettled weather, we decided we had to sadly cancel the event,” a council spokeswoman said.

The annual family day out was due to feature shire horse cart rides, a fun fair and a craft market as well as a highland cattle show.

But despite expected miserable weekend weather, other holiday events are set to go ahead - including classic cars at Wentworth Woodhouse on Sunday.

Also going ahead is a two day event on Sunday and Monday at Bakewell Showground featuring classic cars, vintage truck, trailers, super cars, crafts and trade stands.

At Doncaster’s Brodsworth Hall on Saturday, Sunday and Monda y English Heritage turns back the clock 100 years as part of its Diamond Jubilee celebrations whenstaff will recreate the Downton Abbey era of 1912.

In Sheffield over 150 artists open the doors of their studios and workspaces to the public for the Open Up 2012 event.

And tomorrow Ponds Forge hosts the Sheffield Young Artists’ Exhibition, from 10am till 3pm.

Forecasters predict chilly northern winds producing temperatures no higher than 8 and 10C all weekend.

Sharp showers and hail are possible and there could even be a touch of overnight frost.