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People enjoying the entertainment at the 2016 Sharrow Carnival
People enjoying the entertainment at the 2016 Sharrow Carnival

Residents to light up the skies this bonfire season

Excitement is building in Darnall and Sharrow as local people gear up for this year’s lantern parades, which last year brought hundreds of residents out to light up the streets.

All residents are invited to join the celebrations, which include a carnival, music, dancing and a lantern parade in Sharrow, and the same in Darnall with extra youth activities.

The lantern parades will be dominated by children from local primary schools showing off their creations, joined by their families. Other residents have taken part in lantern-making, with more free sessions open to all.

Councillor Jayne Dunn, Cabinet Member for Community Safety and Neighbourhoods at Sheffield City Council, said: “The bonfire celebrations were fantastic last year and this year looks no different.

“Events like these bring our communities together with people celebrating where they live. I want to thank everyone involved in helping to organise them.

“We work with local groups, South Yorkshire Police and other partners to help make sure everyone can enjoy safe bonfire celebrations.

“I hope everyone has a great time and lots of people come out and take part.”

The Sharrow Autumn carnival takes place on Saturday 4 November from 3pm at Highfield Adventure Playground (S7 1BJ) where people can pop in for free lantern making. Lanterns can be collected between 5-5.45pm and the parade begins at 6pm.

During the parade people will be entertained by the Rotherham African Drummers, University of Sheffield’s Samba Band, Sheffield Music Hub Children’s Samba Band, and after people can enjoy a daring fire-spinning display and four dance acts including traditional Indian dance, street dance, Flamenco and Bollywood. There will also be a chance to tuck in to some tasty bonfire treats, made by local volunteers.

  • 3-5pm free lantern making activities
  • 5-5.45pm lantern collection
  • 6pm lantern parade will begin – meet outside Highfield Adventure Playground
  • 6.30-8pm food, music and dancing.

Details can be found at https://www.igniteimaginations.org.uk/autum-carnival or on the Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/883350815154869/.

The Darnall Lantern Parade takes place on Monday 6 November from 3pm at High Hazels Academy. Inspirational singer Challam Carmichael will warm up the crowds as they gather for the lantern prizes ceremony, which takes place at 3.30pm with prizes from the Centertainment complex. The parade starts at 3.40pm led by musicians from Greentop Circus.

Children from local schools have been busy making their unique creations for the lantern parade and will show off their efforts along with other members of the community who joined free public workshops to have a go at making their own lantern.

The parade will travel down Staniforth Road and up Main Road to finish back at High Hazels Academy where people will be entertained by African musicians, the Romano Jilo dance group and Park Academy dancers and gymnasts.

SIV and One-Nation are hosting football and other activities and those who work up an appetite can fill up on seasonal goodies served up by local volunteers. There’s also a chance to pick up some unique items on a bric-a-brac stall.

  • 3-3.30pm entertainment and activities
  • 3.30pm prizes ceremony
  • 3.40pm lantern parade begins
  • 4.30-6pm food, music, dance and

The community is also holding special open nights at local youth clubs over the bonfire weekend. Darnall Education Centre, Darnall Community Development Centre and Tinsley Youth club will open their doors to young people, with activities and food available.

Youth clubs take place:

  • Friday 3 Nov and Saturday 4 Nov – Darnall Education Centre from 5pm
  • Sunday 5 Nov – Darnall Community Development Centre from 5pm
  • Sunday 5 Nov – Tinsley Youth Club from 5pm