SWING boats, fairground rides and seaside stalls which have brightened Sheffield’s gloomy summer spent their last day in the city centre - just as the sun is set to shine.
It might have been one of the wettest summers on record, but hundreds of families enjoyed a slice of the seaside on their doorstep courtesy of Sheffield by the Sea in the Peace Gardens.
The attraction, which features all the traditional features of a British beach holiday, proved so popular it was extended by five days.
And grey skies did not deter a few hardened revellers from soaking up the last of the fun - brought to Sheffield by Farrars Funfairs.
Ted Talbot, from Walkley, Sheffield, took his children George, 13, and six-year-old Daisy along for the day.
He said: “I think it’s lovely here. The weather hasn’t been great but it’s been nice to see something making a difference to the city centre. It’s been something good for the kids to do.
“We’ve not been abroad this summer but we went to the Norfolk coast and managed to catch a little bit of sunshine down there.”
Leanne Southern, 24, of Southey Green, watched on as her 23-month-old tot Logan Taylor played happily in the sand pit.
She said: “It is the first time I have been here. I’ve been promising Logan for weeks we would come but every time it has poured it down. Three times we’ve tried to come before today!
“It might not be very sunny but this was our last chance. I just thought it doesn’t matter - we’ll still have fun.”
Families preparing for youngsters’ return to school next week will welcome the news September is poised for a more promising start.
Forecasts for tomorrow and Sunday are rain-free, with spots of sunshine and temperatures expected to reach up to 21 degrees.