Darley cricket club’s festival fundraiser

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Darley Dale Cricket Club is to hold its first-ever music festival this weekend.

Organisers are inviting everyone to the ground in Station Road, Darley Dale, as they try their hand at a charity festival to raise cash to improve training facilities.

The first WADFest (We are Darley Festival) will be held on Sunday May 24, with five local bands playing through the evening from 4pm, and beer and a barbecue on offer.

Vice chairman of the club, Jonathan Shaw, said: “We’ve grown over the past five or six years to now have groups for all ages up to under-16s, so we’d like to invest in improving the nets to provide proper training facilities for the teams.

“We’ve had events in the past with two or three bands playing and the club is well used by groups in the community for putting on their own events.

“But this is the first time we’re putting on something like this and we’d love it to become an annual event.”

“This is a great community event with everyone coming together.” Jonathan added.

A lot of specialist ales will be on offer from local breweries, a lorry has been donated to provide a decent stage and Nick Coates, of EW Coates on Chesterfield Road, Two Dales, is donating all the meat for the festival’s barbecue.

Jonathan added: “It is so great to see the community coming together like this and we hope the weather holds up and everyone has a great time on the night.”