Serving up Pav history

NMAM Mem Lane 23 Feb 12. Badminton at Matlock Bath
NMAM Mem Lane 23 Feb 12. Badminton at Matlock Bath

This picture is thought to have been taken in 1951 and was submitted by Beryl Findon of Matlock Bath.

It shows a group of badminton players at the Grand Pavilion in the village.

Mrs Findon, who is now 85-years-old said: “It was taken as they were just beginning as a badminton club.

“I played regularly but I wasn’t a very good player!

“We use to play twice a week, Tuesdays and Wednesday I think, in the top room of the Pavilion.

“I really used to enjoy going there, everybody did.

“I know I played for more than a couple of years.

“I think there are lots of people on that picture that are still alive.”

A lease was recently signed for a community group to take on the Grand Pavilion in Matlock Bath which has stood derelict for a few years after being a nightclub.

There are hopes that it will eventually be used again as a community facility and as an entertainment venue hosting comedy, theatre, sport and cinema.