COUNCIL leader Julie Dore has pledged the local authority will help to fund next year’s Sheffield Fayre.
Concerns were raised at the East Community Assembly about the future of the show-piece event given Government cutbacks and the council’s reduced budget.
But Coun Dore reassured worried organisers of the council’s commitment, adding: “We are going through the budget process at the moment and had a meeting where we listed the events we wanted to support - and the Fayre was on that list.
“I can guarantee that there will be some financial commitment. We don’t know how much but we’ve decided together that we need to support the future of the Fayre.”
The event which takes place in the Norfolk Heritage Park each August Bank Holiday is one of the city’s largest events.
As well as rides, stalls and a horticulture show it also includes a living history exhibition which sees historical re-enactment groups act out famous battles.
Marge Allen, who helps organise the Fayre, and also raised the concern at the meeting, said: “It is reassuring to hear Coun Dore commit to funding, but the problem is we don’t know how much it will be.
“What we really need is a sponsor - it would be great exposure for them with their logo across the Fayre.
“It’s vital we keep the event for the residents of Sheffield - especially during the current financial climate. For many people it is their only holiday, they have two days a year when they can come and have a great time for free.
“I think it’s also worth making the point that it is an educational event for the children as they learn from the living history.”
n Anyone interested in sponsoring the Sheffield Fayre call the Friends of Norfolk Heritage Park on 0114 275 1176.