Ceremony for tragic youngsters

A CEREMONY will remember five youngsters who died in a horrifying blaze at a Chesterfield theatre 100 years ago.

The Friends of Spital Cemetary will hold the event to commemorate the lives of the children who died at the Palace Theatre on December 27 1911 after fire engulfed the building.

The tragic youngsters were rehearsing for a show at the time.

Adrian Mather, from The Friends of Spital Cemetary, said: “One hundred years ago seems a long time – but even today there are people who, as children, were told the sad story by relatives who were in Chesterfield or the theatre.”

The service will take place at Spital Cemetary, Hady Hill, Chesterfield, at 11am on December 24.

The group will be placing a cross and wreath to mark the youngsters’ resting place.

If anyone is interested in joining the group, people should turn up at the cemetary at 10.45am.