Cromford market opens for business

Hello Santa: Bradley Jones, ten and his sister Becca, seven, of Holymoorside, meet Santa Claus at the Cromford Christmas Market.
Hello Santa: Bradley Jones, ten and his sister Becca, seven, of Holymoorside, meet Santa Claus at the Cromford Christmas Market.

FESTIVITIES were in full flow on Saturday afternoon when the Cromford Christmas market opened for business.

The first event of its kind on Scarthin Promenade with 25 traders setting out their stalls selling all kinds of cakes, home-made cards, preserves, jewellery and local ale.

Highly Decorated: Alwyn Tew with her hand made felt Christmas decorations at the Cromford Christmas Market.

Highly Decorated: Alwyn Tew with her hand made felt Christmas decorations at the Cromford Christmas Market.

There were choirs and orchestras to help provide a festive backing track, and seasonal refreshments including mulled wine, roast chestnuts and pork and stuffing cobs available.

Organiser Dave Greenhough said: “I think for a first attempt it was very good, I would say there were hundreds of people there. I’ve personally never seen the village pull together like that, it was incredible.”

All the money raised will go towards the sports pavilion rebuilding project, including £500 donated by Garry Purdy of Derbyshire County Council.

There are hopes that work can begin on the project late next year.

Jamtastic: Tracey Palmer of Black Rock Cottage Preserves with a selection of her chutneys, jams and pickles at the Cromford Christmas Market.

Jamtastic: Tracey Palmer of Black Rock Cottage Preserves with a selection of her chutneys, jams and pickles at the Cromford Christmas Market.