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Sheffield Ladyboys tour ‘eyesore’ row

Lady Boys of Bangkok,with their new show Glamorous Amorous,performing for the next two weeks at the Sabai Pavilion,based in Sheffield's Devonshire Green

Lady Boys of Bangkok,with their new show Glamorous Amorous,performing for the next two weeks at the Sabai Pavilion,based in Sheffield's Devonshire Green

The exotic Ladyboys of Bangkok have been caught up in a storm after leaving more than just happy memories behind.

A row has broken out after the Ladyboys tour, which entertained city centre audiences in December, ruined the grass on Devonshire Green.

Heated marquees were placed on the green for a series of performances, tearing up grass and leaving deep tyre tracks and a boggy swamp.

After five weeks with no action, locals have called for promoters Exchange Events Ltd to fix the ‘eyesore’.

Hannah Beddow, assistant manager at the Forum Cafe Bar, which has seating overlooking Devonshire Green, said: “It’s an eyesore and doesn’t represent Sheffield well at all.

“The fact that it’s been left like that for quite some time is not good.

“It’s going to discourage people from sitting out and we might lose some trade from that.

“The council must have enough people to help clear it up and try and replant the grass.

“I know the weather at the moment’s not great, but they should’ve tried to do something with it by now.”

Central ward Coun Jillian Creasy has got behind the campaign to get the recreation ground, also used to host Tramlines music festival and Sheffield Pride, back to its best.

She said: “It’s in an appalling state – the council will have had a big rent from the Ladyboys which should cover restoration.

“It’s fine using Devonshire Green for occasional big attractions, but this mustn’t be at the expense of day-to-day use by residents and regular visitors.”

Exchange Events Ltd said it had agreed a ‘reinstatement’ with the council prior to the show.

Coun Jack Scott, cabinet member for environment, said: ““We cleaned up and made some preliminary repairs after the event, spreading sand and spiking the area to aid drainage, but could not complete all the work because of the boggy conditions.

“As soon as conditions improve we will return to level the area, lay topsoil and do a full grass reseed. Event organisers have agreed to pay the costs, the public are not footing the bill.”

 

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