Huge Sheffield funfair shuts down due to 'spike' in coronavirus in city

A huge Sheffield funfair has shut down just one day after opening because of fears of rising coronavirus rates in the city.

Friday, 11th September 2020, 3:03 pm

Farrar’s Fun Fair had only opened for business in Hackenthorpe yesterday with visitors of all ages flocking to enjoy rides after the event was rearranged from earlier in the year.

But earlier today, boss William Percival announced that the funfair, which was due to run to Sunday, had been axed.

He wrote on Facebook: “Due to a spike of the coronavirus arising in Sheffield, to ensure everyone remains safe we have made the decision to close down our current fair at Hackenthorpe.

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Farrar's Fun Fair has shut down its Sheffield funfair.

"We apologise for any inconvenience that may have caused you, but yours and our safety comes first.

"Thank you to everyone who visited the fair yesterday and please keep checking our Facebook page for any further updates.”

The fair had already been put back to this weekend because of wet weather.

The announcement was met with a mixed response on Facebook.

Danielle Kendall-Wise wrote: “I have been apprehensive re fairs over the years but will keep an eye open for this company in future. Your responsibility is refreshing.”

Jane Shaw added: “The kids will be disappointed but safety is key. I was a little concerned about coming so thank you.”

Liz Bayliss posted: “I’m sick to death of seeing things close due to this virus! Wish people would just get on with life!”

Charlotte Jodie posted: “No way .... why? Kids going to be upset tonight.”

The infection rate of coronavirus has been growing across Sheffield in recent days, sparking fears of a second wave of cases in the city.