AFTER staging amusements in Sheffield for seven generations, the Pullin family was in particular good cheer this week with a new five-year licence to continue operating fairground attractions in Endcliffe Park.
The council go-ahead was given after a big campaign by parents of children who use the play area next to the park cafe – and the family will show its appreciation with a cut-price fares day on April 30
And there was another boost for the Pullins with the granting of a five-year licence for the running of the paddle boats in Millhouses Park.
More than 2,500 people, including Sheffield musicians Rick Savage and Richard Hawley, signed a petition in support of the Bob Pullin and his son, Jon, who now runs the business.
“We are very grateful for all the support,” said Bob. “People were saying that the Pullins are an institution in the park and the park wouldn’t be the same without them.”
The new licence was “unbelievable, and it’s such a relief. It feels as if a shroud has been lifted from the family!
“It’s wonderful that we have been re-established for at least five years.
“If we hadn’t got the support in Endcliffe Park and if we hadn’t got the boats back in Millhouses Park, it would have been impossible to continue, and it would have been the end of seven generations of showlife for this family.”
Fairground rides will cost £1 on Saturday, April 30, with proceeds going to the Friends of the Porter Valley, the PACT children’s cancer charity and another charity.
The Pullins have twice operated the paddle boats in Millhouses Park.
Having secured the new licence, they are planning to talk to the council about allowing parents and grandparents to accompany children in some boats. There is currently an age restriction of 14 years.
Parks concessions for 2011 have been announced by the council and one of Sheffield’s oldest businesses, Granelli’s ice cream, has lost its application to carry on trading outside the gates of Millhouses Park.
Rosita Hunt, granddaughter of founder Luigi Granelli, who runs the business with her son, said: “We are very, very upset.
“Not only does this decision make things very difficult for us from a business point of view, but historically, we have been established there such a long time.
“We trade there all year round and it looks like we will have to lay off two ladies who run the van for us there.”
Granelli’s has also lost the right to trade at Hillsborough Park but has won a pitch at Graves Park.
Woodhouse-based KP Devoti has won the ice cream tenders for Millhouses and Hillsborough Parks.
Paul Billington, the council’s director of culture and environment, said: “The council has been through a fair and open tendering process to allocate the concessions in our local parks.
“This process is in line with current legislation and is applicable to all local authorities, nationwide.
“The concessions are important because they provide a valuable service to parks users but also the fees paid to the council by the operators are an important source of income to help run and maintain the city’s parks.
“The concession terms now being offered to operators in Sheffield are improved by them running for five years rather than just one or three years.
“This follows us reaching agreement with the Charity Commission to extend the terms at charitable sites where applicable, such as at Graves, Hillsborough and Endcliffe Parks.”