Trip down memory lane at Sheffield festival’s 40th celebration

John Shuttleworth is appearing at Broomhill Festival.
John Shuttleworth is appearing at Broomhill Festival.

A packed schedule of events has been pulled together for the 40th Broomhill Festival in Sheffield.

Comedian and singer John Shuttleworth - aka Graham Fellows, whose parents helped organise the first event - will open the celebrations with a performance in St Mark’s Church on June 6.

The former Broomhill resident said in the programme: “I recall winning the jam tarts competition in the marquee on St Mark’s lawn at the first festival. Yes, I was the only entrant. Well, there might have been two.”

Many events this year will focus on the 100th anniversary of the Great War.

Festival chairman Alan Wellings said there had been more than 40 entries for the writing competition on war, which was an ‘extraordinarily high response’.

The festival runs until June and also includes a treasure hunt, open gardens, beer and cheese matching, talks and a football tournament as well as Le Tour Broomhill bike ride on June 15.

Award-winning folk musicians Martin Simpson and Roy Bailey perform on June 11 at St Mark’s, and writer Danuta Reah also features.

Tickets from Broomhill Oxfam or Williamson Hardware, at, or call 0114 407 0012.