COUNCIL leader Julie Dore has pledged the authority will help to fund next year’s Sheffield Fayre.
Concerns were raised at the East Community Assembly about the future of the event – which is held in Norfolk Heritage Park over the weekend of the August bank holiday – against a background of Government and Sheffield cutbacks.
Coun Dore said: “We are going through the budget process at the moment and had a meeting where we listed the events we wanted to support – and the fayre was on that list.
“I can guarantee that there will be some financial commitment. We don’t know how much but we’ve decided together that we need to support the future of the fayre.”
The event is one of the city’s largest family-orientated events and is free. One of the focal points is the re-enactment of historical battles.
Marge Allen, of the Friends of Norfolk Heritage Park, said: “It is reassuring to hear Coun Dore commit to funding but the problem is we don’t know how much it will be.
“What we really need is a sponsor – it would be great exposure for them with their logo across the fayre.
“It’s vital we keep the event for the residents of Sheffield, especially during the current financial climate.
“ For many people it is their only holiday, they have two days a year when they can come and have a great time for free.”