Keeping tradition alive

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Shiregreen is gearing up for its annual festival, when residents come together to celebrate community traditions.

The festival, on Saturday, June 14, is the biggest day in Shiregreen, and the area will crown its rose queen and install its host for 2014.

The fun will begin at Shiregreen Community Centre, Sicey Avenue, at noon, when the Lord Mayor officially opens the festival.

Marie Round, the centre’s social and entertainments secretary, said: “We are the only self-funding community centre left in the city.

“Festival day is our special day, a day to show the people of Shiregreen and Sheffield what we do and who we are. We keep traditions from times gone by alive and involve the young and old in our society.

“Festival week has events throughout the week to showcase our centre and attract new people and new groups.”

Activities will include a bouncy castle, hook-a-duck, tombola and penalty shoot-out.

There will also be a food tent, bake stall, craft stall and a raffle.

During the afternoon, children will perform some country dancing.

An auction will begin at 3pm, with prizes including tickets for family days out, signed football shirts and hampers.

Marie, who joined the centre aged eight, added: “Times are hard for all of us and our centre is no exception.

“We spend a lot of our voluntary time to organise events like this, and all we ask is for people to come along and support us.”

The fun will continue in the days after the festival.

A talent show, where children from the 6 o’clock club perform, will be on June 17, at 7pm. Admission is £1 and refreshments will be available.

A fashion show will follow on June 18, at 7pm. Tickets are £5, which includes a glass of wine and raffle ticket.

Other events include a games night and a tramps supper.

n For tickets call Marie on 0114 244 2865 or 07891 230 450.