Water way to celebrate importance of river life

Riverlution Festival in Sheffield
Riverlution Festival in Sheffield
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ORGANISERS of a river festival aimed at celebrating Sheffield’s waterways proved such a success it could become an annual event.

Riverlution was organised by the River Stewardship Company, the Environment Agency and Sheffield Council, among others.

It included a raft race on the River Don, a festival based around Kelham Island and the official opening of the Nursery Street riverside pocket park, which was performed by Lord Mayor John Campbell.

Sheffield City Kayak Club led the rafts down the river on Sunday afternoon, with a race which started at Kelham Island Museum and ended at Lady’s Bridge.

Sheffield’s Sea Cadets hand the Lord Mayor presented prizes to the triumphant rafters during the ceremony to open the new park.

The day finished with a waterside lantern parade and pyrotechnics by theatre company the Babbling Vagabonds.

It culminated in the burning of the naughty river sprite ‘Don’ on top of a mountain of trolleys that had been pulled out of local rivers by volunteers.

River Stewardship Company manager, Helen Batt, said: “We hope this is the first of many Riverlution Festivals to showcase Sheffield’s wonderful rivers and help people to enjoy and care for their local waterways.

“Riverlution is a network of river ‘friends’ in Sheffield and it’s been a great collaborative effort by this dedicated group of Riverlutionaries many of whom are volunteers.”

■ To sign up to become part of the Riverlution network and receive regular news from Sheffield’s waterways, contact info@riverlution.org.uk or call Helen Batt on 0114 2636420.