Village flies the flags for festival

NDET 23-6-12 MC 11'Cromford resident decorated the town with flags for Celebrating Cromford event on Saturday. Clem Wilson is pictured with his son Carl Wilson.

NDET 23-6-12 MC 11'Cromford resident decorated the town with flags for Celebrating Cromford event on Saturday. Clem Wilson is pictured with his son Carl Wilson.

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Villagers in Cromford hung out the flags to mark the launch of a festival featuring music, song and artwork.

A packed programme of events provided a weekend of free entertainment in the village, aimed at celebrating Cromford’s people and heritage.

NDET 23-6-12 MC 14'Milly a donkey from Derwent Valley donkey Sanctuary is pictured with 13 year old Sherie Knowles, volunteer at the sanctuary on their stall at Celebrating Cromford, where they have a guess the name of a donkey and a tombola to raise funds.

NDET 23-6-12 MC 14'Milly a donkey from Derwent Valley donkey Sanctuary is pictured with 13 year old Sherie Knowles, volunteer at the sanctuary on their stall at Celebrating Cromford, where they have a guess the name of a donkey and a tombola to raise funds.

Concerts by Dale Diva and The Dooberies, brass band music, open gardens, competitions and exhibitions kept all ages entertained.

Villager Clem Wilson’s specially designed flags depicting Cromford’s waterwheel landmark were hoisted along Scarthin.

The retired fitter, of Coton Cottage, created the design four years ago and 15 flags bearing his artwork fluttered during the festival.

He said: “I love them, they add a bit of colour. I think every town and village should have flags with their own motifs on them.”

NDET 23-6-12 MC 19'Rupert Wood, local resident and former pub landlord takes a look at some old photographs of the area in an exhibition at the Methodist Church as part of Celebrating Cromford.

NDET 23-6-12 MC 19'Rupert Wood, local resident and former pub landlord takes a look at some old photographs of the area in an exhibition at the Methodist Church as part of Celebrating Cromford.

Clem, 73 was encouraged to design a flag by his son Carl, 46, who flew from his home in Perth, Australia, to join in the Celebrating Cromford revelry.

NDET 23-6-12 MC 17'Adrian Else with his Godwin Pump (1946/47) at the Celebrating Cromford engines display.

NDET 23-6-12 MC 17'Adrian Else with his Godwin Pump (1946/47) at the Celebrating Cromford engines display.