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An annual Sheffield fayre kept visitors of all ages entertained yet again over the Bank Holiday.

The 13th Sheffield Fayre got underway at Norfolk Heritage Park yesterday, with a traditional Merrie England theme.

Families flocked to the Sheffield park to browse stalls, climb aboard fairground rides, and enjoy an array of live entertainment.

And the fun is continuing today, with thousands more visitors expected to attend.

Marge Allen, coordinator of the Friends of Norfolk Heritage Park, said: “We are expecting 25,000 people in total over the two days. Maypole dancing and Morris dancers form part of the new theme, which we hope visitors enjoy.”

Among attractions on offer were children’s activities and a horticultural tent.

Leader of Sheffield Council Julie Dore is one of the stall holders at this year’s fayre. She said: “I meet with the Friends of Norfolk Heritage Park every month and they told me they were worried about funding the fayre so I wanted to do my bit to help.”

A big attraction is a sideshow, entertaining visitors with illusions from the 1950s.

Sideshow worker Tim Cockerill said: “Many sideshows were burnt when televisions started to provide entertainment, so they’re very rare today.

“People can expect to be wowed with illusions including a six-inch girl swimming inside a fish bowl and a princess being transformed into a scary Egyptian mummy.”

Prof Vanessa Toulmin, director of the National Fairground Archive at Sheffield University, works closely with organisers of the fayre.

She said: “We wanted to change the event a little so instead of having re-enactments this year we have these unusual attractions.”

But some visitors said the re-enactments were missed.

Nikki Arnold posted on The Star’s Facebook page: “Most people I know came for the re-enactments.”

And Star reader Julie Owen added: “I thought it would be like every other year, people in costume, tents, woodcraft. What did I find – fairground rides. And the horticultural show was at the bottom of the park so I could not take my parents as it was too far for them.”

The fayre continues today.




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