Past explored at Somercotes heritage day

Somercotes history society: from left, Committee member Terry Tomlinson, Vice Chairperson Hazel Mors, Committee member Tony Fisher, Secretary Gordon Blackmore and Commitee member John Hales.
Somercotes history society: from left, Committee member Terry Tomlinson, Vice Chairperson Hazel Mors, Committee member Tony Fisher, Secretary Gordon Blackmore and Commitee member John Hales.

A heritage day in Somercotes attracted over 400 people eager to explore the village’s industrial past.

Somercotes Local History Society organised the event at the village hall on November 9 and invited a variety of local organisations to put up their own displays.

Secretary Gordon Blackmore said: “We were that busy people wouldn’t go home! We had at least 400 people and they were really interested.”

The day featured photographic displays and a DVD, made by the society, which sets a compilation of old pictures from 1800 to 2013 to music, and is now available to buy for £3.95. The Magic Attic, from Swadlingcote, provided old editions of local newspapers from Alfreton and Belper, from the 1920s, which Gordon said were “fascinating - people couldn’t leave them alone!”

He added: “I got a wonderful photo of Copeland Place. That was one of the treasures of the day. We got some really good personal history about the people who lived at Peartree Farm from - as far back as the 1700s.”

Following a £27,700 grant, the society is now embarking on a project entitled ‘Somercotes - An Industrial Corridor through a Community.’