Sharing stories of beautiful Sheffield view at Skye Edge

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A COMMUNITY with one of the best views across Sheffield has inspired a unique show of real-life stories told by its residents.

Writer Sally Goldsmith has lived in the city for 33 years but admits she had never previously heard of the ‘magic’ of Skye Edge and its panoramic vista.

Now she has created a show of songs and stories by talking with those who live, work and play there over three months.

From lifelong pigeon fanciers like Derek Simmonite sharing their hobbies to Pat McGrail, who used to share her washing machine with a neighbour, every story has come from Skye Edge residents.

They will help re-tell the tales to an audience, with the help of songs and a choir, as part of Sheffield’s literary festival, Off The Shelf.

Sally said: “The show is lovely, it has lots of funny bits in.

“I suppose the technical name for this sort of thing is psychological geography.

“We’ve collected lots of stories and songs about this place which has to be one of the best-kept secrets in Sheffield in terms of its view, because you can see right across the city.”

The memories of people in lived in pre-fabricated houses blown down in the Sheffield Gales of 1962 are shared in Big Sky - Stories from the Edge.

Sally met Pete Jackson at a bus stop and found out he was in the band The Hillbilly Cats with Sheffield blues legend Frank White.

Pete performs Just Like Vegas, a reference to the twinkling night view from the edge.

Writer Sally, who now lives in Totley, was commissioned by Freedom Studios to lead the project which shows everybody has a story to share.

She added: “The residents didn’t really know what to expect or what this was going to be because it is quite unusual.

“But they absolutely loved it. One lady was so chuffed that people thought she was funny. The show also says some serious thoughts about what is home to people.”

Musician Val Regan and guest performer Ray Hearne also star in the show at Skye Edge Community Centre, Skye Edge Road, on Thursday, October 18 at 2.30pm and 7.30pm.

Call 0114 273473 to book tickets priced £5 or £3.