I've Bean here before

I've Bean here before
Sheffield Today
16 Aug 2004
SHEFFIELD actor Sean Bean was greeted by hundreds of adoring fans when
he made a star appearance at a fun day on his old stomping ground.
The Hollywood hunk turned up at Handsworth Recreation Ground on
Saturday to open a fair to raise cash to improve the park's facilities.

With a twinkle in his eye, Sean told the crowd: "I remember coming to
the rec to play football as a lad ... and doing many other things here too."

Organisers released helium balloons and women swarmed around the
sexy 45-year-old to get his autograph – some asking him to sign their bare

Many of them remembered Sean from childhood and chatted with the
actor about their families and friends.

Blades fanatic Sean, who was born in Handsworth, told The Star: "I've
seen a lot of familiar faces today, they are a good bunch.

"I have got a lot of fond memories of the park, it used to be where
everyone went to and I hope the efforts of Handsworth Forum can get the
park back to how it used to be, or even better."

The show was organised by Handsworth Forum, which hopes to raise
£500,000 to create a new play ground and a floodlit five-a-side football

Attractions included horse and dog shows, fun fair rides, bouncy castles
and more than 25 trade stalls.

There were performances by Woodhouse Prize Brass Band, the Lynsey
Evans dance troop, Double Vision and performer Ben Cooper, from Intake
in Sheffield.

And daredevils were offered the chance to do bungee jumps for the cause.

Spectator Mandy Nesbitt, aged 45, from Woodthorpe, said: "I got Sean to
sign my arm as I didn't have a piece of paper. He's my heart-throb and
there's no way I'm washing his signature off today."

After the show Sean, was whisked away to watch Sheffield United play
Reading at Bramall Lane.


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