Liberation Day in Bakewell

Healthy eating advice from Derbyshire Dales District Council's environmental health technician Elaine Cresswell
Healthy eating advice from Derbyshire Dales District Council's environmental health technician Elaine Cresswell
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More than 400 people poured into a special event showcasing services on offer to older people in the Derbyshire Dales.

Liberation Day - a free annual event aimed at the over 50s - took place on Friday, June 17 Bakewell Agricultural Business Centre.

This year’s theme was ‘Celebrating the Role of the Volunteer’ and bus loads of visitors were ferried in by Community Transport from as far afield as Glossop.

Organised by Derbyshire Constabulary, Derbyshire Dales District Council, High Peak Borough Council, Derbyshire County Council, Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service and Derbyshire County NHS Primary Care Trust, the event raised awareness of home and personal safety, along with health and other services available in the area.

Police Sergeant Garry Staples, said: “Liberation Day 2011 was an outstanding success - so many people have commented on the warm welcome and friendly atmosphere.

“It was great to see hundreds of visitors getting so much out of the event and the bonus was the superb networking opportunity it gave the organisations across the area that came together to provide our older residents with advice.”

There were more than 60 displays and stands on personal and home safety services from local organisations, a chip pan fire display and musical entertainment, juggling and ju-jitsu demonstrations.

Entertainment included a folk quartet from Lady Manners School in Bakewell and international jazz violinist Graham Clark, accompanied by pianist George King.

Lady Manners School students also helped serve refreshments.