The party goes on despite heavy rain

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Organisers for the annual Starkholmes Village Fun Day had to think up a fast replacement for this year after heavy rainfall forced them to cancel the original event.

The Fun Day was supposed to be taking place on the playing fields adjoining the village hall but as they were too waterlogged – organisers quickly decided to change the event to the Starkholmes Royal Jubilee Tea Party.

Jeff Wheatley, Fun Day Organiser, said: “I did a physical inspection of the pitch on Thursday evening and soon realised that the vehicles would not be able to get on and off the pitch.

“Also, some of the events like belly dancing and maypole dancing couldn’t really be expected to perform in an arena that was so sodden.”

Jeff then had to think of a replacement and decided to hold the event in the Village Hall to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee and the 60th anniversarry of the Village Hall being built.

The Tea Party was opened by the Mayor of Matlock, Councillor Peter Wildgoose, who crowned the new Village Queen, Eleanor Heap – who was attended by Princess Amira Almi, Rosebud Ellen Corke and Pageboy Felix Woodward.

Visitors were also able to enjoy live music from pupils at Highfields School as well as fancy dress, bar, snacks, tea and cakes, tombola and craft stalls.

Jeff said: “We even had an impromptu Zumba performance in the car park which people really seemed to enjoy.”

As the event description had totally changed organisers decided to waver the entrance fee making the event free.

Jeff said: “I was really surprised how many people turned up – we had at least a couple of hundred there.

“I think they were pleased to actually have an event to go to.”