Matlock’s famous crown is removed

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Something is missing from Matlock’s Crown Square - the famous centrepiece silver crown!

But there’s no cause for concern - Derbyshire Dales District Council’s ‘Clean & Green’ team have removed it for safekeeping for the remainder of the festive season and it will be back in its rightful place early in 2015.

A spokesperson said: “Crown Square is traditionally a magnet for revellers, especially on New Year’s Eve, and the district council has learned from experience that the crown is best kept out of harm’s way.”