Work begins to save festival

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Scaling work starts and Illuminations tickets are on sale

The rocky path towards Matlock Bath’s Illuminations may be over as work started on July 1 to make the Lovers’ Walks safe, and tickets went on sale the same day.

The main section of Lovers' Walks along the river is closed.

The main section of Lovers' Walks along the river is closed.

Confident that the Illuminations are out of the woods, Derbyshire Dales District Council has also confirmed it has opened ticket bookings for the series of weekend events to run in September and October.

The council said that consultants Rock Solutions had indeed started planned work on rock scaling to remove loose boulders above the main section of Lovers’ Walks adjacent to North parade.

Swathes of rock up to 20 metres across put the Illuminations at risk as they may have been a danger to the section of Lovers’ Walks below - a necessary emergency access route.

A spokesperson said: “We’re delighted the work has started on the same day as we opened online bookings for this year’s Illuminations.”

At last year's Illuminations on the Derwent River.

At last year's Illuminations on the Derwent River.

Worried residentnd traders apllauded with relief at a public meeting as they were told Rock Solutions would begin three weeks of rock scaling.

The council quelled concerns that any delay might put the illuminations back in jeapardy, stating that since they were still months waway “it would have to be a considerable delay”, and the company has pormised to plough in ectra resources should the need arise.

The work will cost just over £25,000.

Visit www.derbyshiredales.gov.uk/illuminations.