Chesterfield market festival signs off in style

Chesterfield was in full swing on Saturday for the culmination of the annual market festival which has seen thousands of revellers flock to the town over the last three days.

The event, which is run by Chesterfield Borough Council, saw people take part in a host of activities from dressing up in period costume and sampling craft beer to listening to ghost stories and climbing the town’s iconic crooked spire.

Entertainment from the George Formby Experience

Entertainment from the George Formby Experience

Organisers promised ‘something for every age group’ and activities ‘for all the family’ and those out on Saturday afternoon certainly seemed to be enjoying the festivities.

Andrew Lacey from Calow, who was enjoying some of the craft beers on offer at the Market Hall Assembly Rooms with his dad and brother, said: “Its just nice to come somewhere where there is a whole range of things on offer.

“I can have whatever takes my fancy and there is far more choice than there is in any supermarket.”

And Lesley Swift from Walton, who was at the vintage market at the Winding Wheel with friend Val Scarson, said: “Today I’ve bought some silver earrings and a nice silver pendant.

Market Festival, bargain hunt, TV's David Harper rooting out a bargain

Market Festival, bargain hunt, TV's David Harper rooting out a bargain

“We might buy a few more things later but at the moment we’re just thoroughly enjoying a nice cup of tea and a piece of oreo cake, which is to die for.”

On Thursday the market took a trip back in time to the 1940s with traders dressed in fancy dress and entertainment including period cars, a George Formby tribute act, and a Home Guard bomb squad.

Later, James Lewis and David Harper from the BBC’s popular ‘Bargain Hunt’ programme took two teams around the market in search of the best deals with all proceeds from the auction sale going to the mayor’s appeal.

Friday saw the children’s market which gave the town’s youngsters an opportunity to raise money by selling their unwanted toys, books and clothes and the start of the two-day beer festival featuring real ales and ciders from up and down the country.

Beer Festival organiser, Jane Lefly with CAMRA volunteers Mervyn Barker, left, and Bob Hallot, sample some brews in the Market Hall on Friday.

Beer Festival organiser, Jane Lefly with CAMRA volunteers Mervyn Barker, left, and Bob Hallot, sample some brews in the Market Hall on Friday.

And on the final day the town centre came alive to the sound of brass as bands including the Holymoorside and Ashover brass bands entertained Saturday’s shoppers in style.

Also popular throughout the three days were the Crooked Spire tours which gave those with a head for heights a bird’s eye view of the busy streets below.

For more pictures see next week’s Derbyshire Times.