Talents on show at village celebration

Team effort: Matlock Baileans Hockey Club
Team effort: Matlock Baileans Hockey Club
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Celebrations took place in Cromford as the village hosted its annual festival.

The three-day event saw crowds flock to enjoy the seventh year of Celebrating Cromford.

SP90610  Exploring the past Jessica Roper looks at pictures of her Aunt Barbar Dowling as a girl at Cromford p[rimary school.

SP90610 Exploring the past Jessica Roper looks at pictures of her Aunt Barbar Dowling as a girl at Cromford p[rimary school.

A packed programme of activities set to promote the varied talents of villagers, launched on Friday with an opening ceremony by award-winning DaleDiva director, Ally Law.

Art and crafts exhibitions and market stalls were on offer as well as an evening beer festival with live music.

Attractions included the famous traction engine tug up Cromford Hill.

Matlock Baileans Hockey club beat the target set by Matlock Rugby team last year.

SP90613 Peter Smith at the model rail exhibition in Cromford.

SP90613 Peter Smith at the model rail exhibition in Cromford.

Sue Cope, who with her husband Dave owns the 1917 tiger tractor steam engine, said: “It was brilliant and the girls did really well.

“This year there were so many people there, it was amazing.”

This year’s festival had a heritage theme as residents turned the clock back to the time of Richard Arkwright.

Primary school pupils took part in traditional games, donned historic costumes and paraded in the market place. Old photographs and newspaper articles were on show and there was a fair at the primary school.

SP90612 Lizzie Knighton with Guess the name of the bear, for Cromford Toddler group.

SP90612 Lizzie Knighton with Guess the name of the bear, for Cromford Toddler group.

The first Cromford Fell Race took place as well as the inaugural Celebrating Cromford procession down the hill.

Other events included a mini zoo on Scarthin, a craft fair, Morris dancing, a gun dog display, children’s poetry competition, a duck race a craft fair at Cromford Mill and tours of Willersley Castle and Masson Mills Museum.

Mole Vessey, one of the organisers, said: “It was a very busy weekend and everyone got quite involved.

“There was so much going on across the village.

“I think it brings everyone together and I think it is quite a uniting experience.”