Positive vibrations for the celebration

A WEEKEND of fun, festivities and abundant creativity are set to fill the streets of one Dales village this weekend.

The Celebrating Cromford festival is returning for its eighth year and promises to be bigger, better and even more entertaining than previous years.

This action starts at around 6.30pm on Friday 22 June with Dale Diva – Derbyshire’s most exciting women’s a cappella chorus.

Following this is the Traction Engine Pull up Cromford Hill.

Mole Vessey, Chairman of the Celebrating Cromford, said: “The cricket team and the football team will be attempting to pull the 6.5 tonne traction engine up the hill and break the previous record.”

On Saturday there will be the Cromford Primary School fair which starts at 10.30am and includes a mini zoo where daring animal enthusiasts can handle tarantulas, snakes and big insects.

The Cromford Kanter Fell Race then starts at 11.00am followed by Cromford’s very own Village Olympics on the school playing fields at 2pm.

To finish off the evening there will be live music in a marquee on Scarthin from 1pm until 9.30pm.

On the bill for the evening is a Michael Jackson tribute, Wirksworth’s Got Talent Winner Rachael Osbourne, The Rampage Brass Band, Harriet McDonald, The Scarthin Band, Northern Monkey and The Dooberies.

On Sunday there will be stalls on Scarthin and the Cromford Open Gardens will be running between 1.30pm and 5.30pm.

Mole said: “Last year we had about 10 gardens open to the public but this year we have got at least 30.

“There’s a small charge for the Open Gardens but there will be events happening in most the gardens.

“It might be, for instance, strawberries and cream in one and a jazz band in the next.”

To finish off the weekend there will be even more live music at Scarthin followed by an open mic session at The Boat where anybody is welcome to come and perform.

Mole said: “We are hopeful that the weather will be good for Celebrating Cromford but if there is rain then what the hey – it will still be a brilliant weekend.”

If you would like to find out more about all the shenanigans happening at Celebrating Cromford visit the website on www.celebratingcromford.org.