Sheffield festival ‘has been a hit’ as 10,000 visit

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DAREDEVIL feats – and a missing duck drama – were some of the highlights in an action-packed community festival in Sheffield.

Thousands of people flocked to enjoy spectacular medieval sword-fighting, archery, free ice skating and other exciting activities at the popular Lowedges Festival yesterday.

Greenhill Park was filled with visitors expected to number over 10,000.

Many children also took on an unusual challenge – finding a mallard which had escaped from the Whirlow Hall Farm Trust stand and flown away.

Staff asked youngsters to keep an eye out for the duck and it was eventually spotted near the park river by a little girl.

Sarah Kerrigan, trust fundraiser and events co-ordinator, said: “Luckily our assistant farmer was here on his day off so he went down and checked it was our duck before bringing it back.

“It’s been an eventful day but quite a hit!”

Classic cars, a bike show and even an old Sheffield Transport 874 vehicle were also drawing in crowds.

One was former bus driver Granville Miller – who actually drove one of the firm’s buses for 36 years.

The 85-year-old, of Sheffield, said: “It’s marvellous to see one here today – I want to get in it!”

Young city band The Chase and other local acts like Dronfield Brass Band played live on stage.

There was also a dog show, fun fair, mini steam train and food stalls selling everything from pork pie to Carribean chicken.

Rosie Bateman, 23, of Batemoor, said: “I’ve never been to the festival before but it’s great, the kids are loving it.”

Greenhill and Bradway Tenants’ and Residents’ Association organises the festival along with The Friends of Greenhill Park and Lowedges Community & Safety Forum.