Art is in the right place at Sheffield market

Sharrow Vale Road Autumn Street Market
Sharrow Vale Road Autumn Street Market
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Sheffield producers showcased their talents at an autumn market giving local people the chance to buy local foods, arts and crafts.

Hundreds turned out yesterday for the Sharrow Vale Market, which is held every few months to give traders, artists and fledgling businesses the chance to sell their wares.

Stalls selling everything from jams and pickles to honey and cheese traded alongside craftspeople who make jewellery, clothing, cards, candles and cupcakes.

Artist Victoria Butterell was among the stallholders kept busy, with her oil paintings of Sheffield scenes proving popular with shoppers.

As well as paintings of Sheffield suburbs including Nether Edge and Sharrow she had an oil painting on sale of the Henderson’s Relish factory as well as one of The Fat Cat pub in Kelham Island.

On a neighbouring stall there were prints, postcards and magnets of other iconic Sheffield landmarks, including the Tinsley Towers and Park Hill flats.

And there was food from around the world, including paella, curries, and traditional Indian curry spices.

Jennie Wilson, of Cupcake Time, packed up her stall after a couple of hours after selling out of her entire stock.

She had baked 196 cupcakes for the market and they all sold.

Pippa Hedley, aged 37, of High Storrs, Sheffield, said: “It was a fantastic opportunity for the city to come together and enjoy the beautiful autumn sunshine.

“It was great to see so many local artists and crafts people all together in one place with an opportunity to display their talents.

“I also thought it was a good chance for people to grab some early Christmas presents too.”

Bill Fletcher, 64, of Nether Edge, said: “It was great to see hundreds of people supporting the market on such a glorious day.

“I think the weather must have certainly played a part in getting people out of their houses but once you were at the market there was so much to see and buy.”

To entertain the crowds there was a bouncy castle for the children and a busker’s corner, where local musicians and performers could entertain the crowds.

Lexi Garbett, 15, said: “The atmosphere was fantastic - there were so many people there and lots to see and buy.

“I also really enjoyed the entertainment at the busker’s corner.”

The market, organised by the Sharrow Vale Community Association, will return on December 16.