Scorching sunshine attracts thousands to Sheffield gala

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A record number of people flocked to Beighton’s annual gala yesterday to have fun in the sun.

The popular event kicked-off with a traditional parade through the village arriving at Beighton’s Miners’ Welfare recreation ground in time for the gala getting underway.

Kids and water always mix well

Kids and water always mix well

Families enjoyed a host of stalls, games and attractions including fair ground rides, bouncy castles, face painting and sports challenges.

Highlights included a comedy circus act by ‘Dangerous Steve’ as well as performances by local dance groups and talented musicians.

Julie Edmonds, one of the gala’s organisers, said the glorious weather had attracted record numbers.

She said: “We believe more than 10,000 visitors have come to the gala today which is fantastic - we could not have wished for better weather.

“There has been a gala on this field since 1906 and we are trying really hard to keep that tradition going as a village so it’s great to see so many people turning out to enjoy and support the event.”

Among the crowds were Sarah and Philip Rogers, from Beighton, who had come out for a day of family fun with their daughter Mary and grandchildren Noah, 1, Louis, 3, and Freddie, 5.

Sarah said: “We try to come to the gala every year - it’s a really lovely atmosphere here today.

“We watched the parade arrive and have had an ice cream and now we’re off to take the children on some rides.”