Weekend washout didn’t stop all the fun in Sheffield

Relief: Vistors have a great time at Greystones Primary School summer fair and Coal Aston gala.                                        Picture: Dean Atkins.
Relief: Vistors have a great time at Greystones Primary School summer fair and Coal Aston gala. Picture: Dean Atkins.
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IT might have been a washout for the majority of the weekend’s events, but a determined handful refused to let it rain on their parade.

After heavy rainfall on Friday led to the cancellation of festivals and outdoor activities due to take place across South Yorkshire on Saturday and Sunday there a select few who insisted the show must go on.

The parent and teacher association at Greystones Primary School, Tullibardine Road, Sheffield, breathed a sigh of relief when rain held off for the annual summer fair. Hundreds of children, parents and members of the community turned out to enjoy a spot of sunshine in the grounds, which had been transformed into a hive of activity.

As teachers took to the stocks to be pelted with sponges, children tucked into cakes from the stalls and members of the parent and teacher association fired up the barbecue.

Annmarie Wilson, chairwoman of the PTA, said: “We did have a back-up plan and we almost held it indoors, but I am so glad the weather was okay for us because the atmosphere is just not the same inside.

“About two-thirds of everything on the day is organised by parents, they get really into it and come up with ideas for stalls. The children love getting involved too, we’ve had some selling marshmallows and a Guess How Many Maggots Are In The Jar stall which has been very popular with the boys.”

Bradford City keeper Matt Duke, whose son Charlie, six is a pupil at the school donned his gloves for the afternoon.

Former pupil and Olympic torchbearer James Coates, 12, made a welcome return to his old school to chat to pupils about the experience.

Armed with the shining gold beacon which takes pride of place in his bedroom at home, the High Storrs School student gave youngsters and adults the chance to hold the torch and pose for pictures with it.

James, who ran with the torch in Castleford, said: “It’s been nice coming back. There was a queue of people waiting to hold it. Some people said they saw me on television.”

And the damp ground did not spoil the fun for villagers in Coal Aston, Dronfield at the summer gala.

Families enjoyed all the fun of the fair as the village hall and grounds played host to an afternoon of entertainment, including a Punch and Judy show and classic car display, along with the Blessing of the Well Dressing.

Phillip Bradburn, secretary at Coal Aston Village Hall, said: “A couple of things had to be called off because of the wet ground but all in all we were fortunate.

“It’s a day for all the community, all our stalls are local organisations and hopefully everyone benefits from it.”

Outdoor festival Cliffhanger was been called off due to bad weather, but there was still a strong turnout for the British Bouldering Championships at Graves Park, Sheffield. The competition saw men, women and children from across the UK take on problematic climbing walls.

Around 500 people packed out the park’s marquee to watch the 52 men and 22 women take part in Saturday’s bouldering title race. Yorkshireman Dave Barrons claimed first place for the boys, while Shauna Coxey of Runcorn was named winner for the girls.