Once again, a famous visitor attraction has paid for itself – according to council bosses.
Early figures suggest that ticket sales from the 117th Matlock Bath Illuminations have balanced the £136,500 Derbyshire Dales District Council spent organising the seven–week festival, which closed on October 25.
Around 100,000 people poured into the area to enjoy the unique parade of decorated and illuminated boats every weekend – and Derwent Gardens was packed for the special fireworks Saturdays.
The council’s deputy leader Councillor Geoff Stevens, who has compered the event for over 40 years, said: “We were blessed by exceptional autumn weather this year, and that always helps numbers. We are at great pains to stress every year that our aim with the Illuminations is to provide a significant boost to the local economy, but at no cost to our Council Tax payers. It’s great news that this target has been achieved.
“The Illuminations, as with all the services we provide, are under review, and over the coming months we will be recapping on the feedback we’ve received from visitors to the 2014 season and looking at ways to move the event forward.”