Heading back in time at Somercotes

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Villagers flocked to Somercotes Parish Hall at the weekend to help build an historical picture of the area.

Villagers flocked to Somercotes Parish Hall at the weekend to help build an historical picture of the area.

NDET 13-10-12 MC 11'Somercotes Heritage Day - Margaret Brooksbank from Derbyshire ancestral Research group is pictured with Tony durham and the War Grave studies she has managed to collate.

NDET 13-10-12 MC 11'Somercotes Heritage Day - Margaret Brooksbank from Derbyshire ancestral Research group is pictured with Tony durham and the War Grave studies she has managed to collate.

The event saw several local heritage groups displaying artefacts and registers from the village’s past.

Organiser Gordon Blackmore, clerk of Somercotes Parish Council and secretary of the newly formed Somercotes Local History Society, said the event was also an information gathering exercise – with residents bringing in their own photos and stories to add to the history groups’ archives.

The knowledge gathered will be used to update the www.somercoteshistory.co.uk website, with the end goal being to produce a book on the history of the village.

Mr Blackmore, 59, of Hilton Park Drive, Leabrooks, said: “The event was about letting people know we are here and what we are planning to do.

“But we just wanted to find out as much history about Somercotes as we could.

“People throw lots of things out that we could recover and use - it’s for future generations to look back at the past.”