May Day bank holiday becomes a fun day out for families at Graves park

7 May 2019

Strongmen, cute dogs and skilled bike riders took over Sheffield’s May Day in Graves Park.

The day kicked off with an extreme mountain bike show which was led by Danny Butler, the owner of the company who organises most mountain biking events.

This year’s highland fling witnessed some of the country’s strongest men like Ashton Bear Reid, Simon Knowles, Scott Litchfield and Paul Smith who were featured on the World’s Strongest Man 2018.

Scott Litchfield who won the log press segment yesterday said: “I have been Sheffield’s strongest man in 2016 and I have just done the north of England’s qualified man but I enjoy Strong Man”

With the Strong Man contest keeping most of the crowd engaged, there were also activities for kids from Island parties to face painting to art and craft. Local products from the Polish heritage markets were also available to the public.

Richard Eyre, head of Major Events at Sheffield City Council said: “We work hard to put on events that are suitable for all ages and don’t break the bank so that everyone can get involved and the Highland fling is the perfect example for this.”

After the event many people were disappointed and expressed their concern on the official Facebook page where Belinda Laycock said: ” Can anyone explain why there was no Highland cattle at the event? Thought that was an integral part of the Highland Fling.”

The event was put together by Sheffield City Council in partnership with Heart FM.

Click on the link below to get a glimpse of the event.

Written by Khushi Chhabra

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