Rams stars open Smalley playground

Opening of Smalley playpark. Derby County player Chris Martin, Rhys Sharpe and cllr Martyn Miller.
Opening of Smalley playpark. Derby County player Chris Martin, Rhys Sharpe and cllr Martyn Miller.

A Smalley playground played host to Derby County football stars to mark its opening after an £85,000 refurbishment.

Rams star striker Chris Martin and academy prospect Rhys Sharpe joined residents and council officials to mark the opening of the new look park on September 10.

The play area was made possible by a grant from UK Coal, which awarded money to many community projects in the area as part of an agreement for its opencast mining near to the village. Chairman of Smalley Parish Council, Steve Bower, said the new park looked great and was something residents of the village were really eager to see.