Spirits high despite rain

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WET weather failed to damped the spirits of revellers as spook-fuelled fun was had by all at a recent party.

Plans for an outdoor Hallowe’en spectacular by Groundwork Derby & Derbyshire were abandoned because of heavy rain, but frighteningly good fun was had indoors at the Hurst Farm Community Centre.

The partnership project was funded by Matlock Town Council, Derbyshire Dales CVS and Groundwork Derby & Derbyshire, and families were invited to take part in a series of activities including a bat hunt, craft activities, competitions, and other spooky quests.

Mayor of Matlock, Cllr Barry Hopkinson attended with his wife and judged the 23 entries in the trick or treat competition. The winner was young Katlyn Shaw, who received a pumpkin for her prize winning ‘batty’ design.

Groundwork Derby & Derbyshire is part of a national federation of nearly 50 independent trusts which with their partners to improve the quality of the local environment, the lives of local people and the profitability of local business.

Formerly Groundwork Erewash Valley, it was officially launched in October 2006.