Alternative Torch event is organised

NRHN 13-06-12 BE 18 Flaming skirt festival. Sally Lemsford
NRHN 13-06-12 BE 18 Flaming skirt festival. Sally Lemsford

An alternative festival is set to take place across Ripley and Heanor next weekend, which is aimed at making up for the area missing out on the Olympic Torch route.

After the route for the 2012 Games procession was announced in December , Codnor Park artist Sally Lemsford decided to set up a fun ironic take on the event across the towns.

Flaming Skirt is to feature a day of arts, poetry and enjoyable ‘mini’ events, such a s a miniature car rally, across five different locations on Saturday, June 30.

Sally, 63, said: “When the route came out at the end of last year I was really upset that it wasn’t going to come through Amber Valley. The name of the festival comes from the fact the Olympic Torch is skirting Amber Valley – the flaming bit was because I was angry I guess!”

The event will start at 10.30am on Saturday, June 30, with poetry renditions at Shipley Country Park, followed by drumming performances at Ironville Parish Church from noon until 1pm.

Then it will move to Swanwick Junction at Midland Railway for lunch between 1.30pm and 2.30pm; there will be a fun game of musical chairs and more entertainment at Ripley Greenway between 3pm and 4pm; storytelling at Lower Hartshay canal bridge from 4.30pm until 5.30pm and finishing at the Old School, Lower Hartshay, where there is to be a sports contest in mini skirts, followed by an artistic dancing display entitled Dancing out of the Darkness until 10pm.

An art piece called the Beacon of Light, designed by Derby artist Wayne Hourihan, will follow the events round the towns in place of the Olympic torch.