Watching the light fantastic

Liz Cheryl & Laura ready for the festival
Liz Cheryl & Laura ready for the festival

Space rockets, aliens and stars filled the night sky as dozens of lanterns were paraded through Sharrow for its annual carnival.

The tenth celebration - which started as a way to mark the end of the Iraq war - attracted more than 100 people to Mount Pleasant Park last night.

Astronauts, a Spock and even ET floated above the crowds, which followed a samba band through the streets and had the theme ‘space’.

Lucy Parker, of Highfield, was putting last minute touches to a 10ft high Dalek.

She said: ‘We had to make it in sections so it could fit through a normal door.

“It is the most complex we have made.”

Henry Brunskill, of Sharrow, created a massive AT-AT Imperial Walker from Star Wars, which even had its own music system and was on wheels.

The 27-year-old said: “The festival is fantastic, it just brings the community together, and I’m a big Star Wars fan as well.

“This year I’d do something ambitious.

Friends Laura Hegarty, Kizzy Jaycock and Bex Dudley made a Dr Who tardis.

Laura said: “This is the best festival in Sheffield because it has such a community feel.”