New venue for town’s annual May Day Gala

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CHESTERFIELD’S annual May Day Gala will take place in a new venue this year.

The event, now in its 35th year, will be held outside the Tourist Information Centre in Rykneld Square on Monday, May 7, as the town’s Market Hall undergoes a revamp.

Crowds are being urged to assemble outside the town hall at 10.30am before a march led by the Ireland Colliery Chesterfield Brass Band.

Upon arrival at Rykneld Square, people will be addressed by a number of officials including Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins and Mark Serwotka, general secretary of the Public and Commercial Services Union.

Following the speeches, Rykneld Square will burst into song and dance from top bands Merry Hell, Metrum and Orchid Star.

Community stalls and exhibitions will be put up around Rykneld Square and in the Winding Wheel along with a bouncy castle for children.

James Eaden, president of Chesterfield and District Trades Union Council, called on people to join in the fun.

He added: “A carnival parade, a brass band, rabble rousing speeches, art and theatre, international and local bands and performers – there is something for everyone, young and old, at the best May Day Gala in the United Kingdom.”