Heanor festival wants your photos and memories

NRHNBE110626b1, Heanor festival fun day. Young magician Ben Prime with David Rowley and opener Anna Church.
NRHNBE110626b1, Heanor festival fun day. Young magician Ben Prime with David Rowley and opener Anna Church.

ORGANISERS of the Heanor Festival are calling for anyone associated with Royal visits to Heanor and the surrounding area, the British Legion or the Heanor Hospital to get in touch with their pictures and memories.

These are this year’s themes for the festival’s heritage exhibition where photographs and souvenirs are showcased for the rest of the community to enjoy.

Each year the Heanor Festival Trust works with the Heanor Local History Society to create an exciting exhibition full of interesting facts and figures about the area.

Sharon Brown, secretary of the trust, said: “The heritage exhibition has been really popular in previous years, depicting various aspects of life in and around old Heanor. Previous themes have included transport, industry, sports and leisure, with displays of work carried out by the students of Heanor Gate Science College.”

Trust chairman David Rowley said: “We have struggled for funding this year like a lot of organisations, but we have a decent variety of events that should interest a lot of people. We do a project in local schools with artists - this year they will be doing mosiacs based around the Jubilee. We just try and offer a bit of something for everyone.”

This year’s exhibition will be open for the duration of the festival which runs from Saturday June 16 to Saturday 30. Highlights include an evening of magic, a concert by Nottinghamshire Police Band, a storytelling evening, an art and flower exhibition, and a Sports Fun Day on June 30.

If you are connected in any way with this year’s themes and have photos or memorabilia you would be willing to lend for the duration of the festival, please call 01773 762042.

All photos and memorabilia loaned for the exhibition will be carefully looked after and returned at the end of the festival.

Last year’s festival boasted a jam-packed week-long roster of events and had something for everyone to enjoy. The sports-inclined played a football competition and others tackled a nature trail in Shipley Park on mountain bikes, while nostalgic townsfolk filled the Old Fire Station for a slide show on the area’s heritage. Spooky story fans listened to tales from the Woolly Tellers. Over 1,000 people graced the Market Place for an event-packed fun-day which was formally opened by BBC weather girl Anna Church.