Walkley fun day draws record crowds

Lizzy Alageswaran tests out Bella the bird
Lizzy Alageswaran tests out Bella the bird
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A record crowd turned out to Sheffield fun day which has grown year-by-year since its launch.

The celebration in Ruskin Park is part of Walkley Festival, and welcomed around 600 people on Saturday.

Visitors remembered those who had fallen in World War One with a moment of reflection to start proceedings, and the names of four servicemen who lived near the park were read to the crowds.

A bugler played the Last Post and youngsters from St Mary’s Primary School sang before the rest of the day got underway.

Music, a pantomine horse race, climbing wall and mini golf were enjoyed by revellers at the fun day - which started in 2002.

Veronica Hardstaff, chairman of the Friends of Ruskin Park, said: “The whole day went very well and I think we probably had the biggest crowds ever - coming through there were around 500 to 600 people.

“The weather was good, and was forecast to be good, which helped.

“We also did quite a good job of getting 5,000 leaflets distributed around the area so as many people as possible knew about it.

“Lots of people came and particularly enjoyed the pantomine horse race - they seemed to be having a whale of a time.

“It’s very much a community festival and this time there was quite a big local history project going on,

“We started on a very small scale during the first Walkley Festival and it has just grown from there.”

The Friends of Ruskin Park also held a litter pick on Friday to make sure the site was spotless before the fun day.