The Duke of Devonshire has pledged support for plans to renovate the Grand Pavilion in Matlock Bath.
In a statement to the action group the Duke said: “We have over 500 staff at Chatsworth and I am sure that many of them will be as interested as I am in what you are doing and will be interested to take part in the activities you organise.”
Group chairman Gregor Macgregor said he was pleased to have The Duke’s support for the project.
He added: “He carries huge influence in the area and it will help us enormously to know that he right behind us.
“We already have the support of the Chatsworth Players, the local theatre group to Chatsworth. They will use the Grand Pavilion, once it is open. Now with the Duke behind the project we can move further forward towards our goal.”