Festival ‘is start of the town’s revival’

NRHNBE110626c2,Animal magic at Shipley park, Part of Heanor festival fun day. Holly Thorneloe and Lili Wilkinson holding a hampster.
NRHNBE110626c2,Animal magic at Shipley park, Part of Heanor festival fun day. Holly Thorneloe and Lili Wilkinson holding a hampster.

HEANOR’s week-long yearly festival firmly proved that community spirit is far from dead in our market towns.

A plethora of local groups opened their doors to the public as part of the successful seven-day event, which culminated in a well-fought five-a-side tournament on Sunday.

Festivities kicked-off on Friday, June 24, with a flower and art festival at Heanor Methodist Church .

Entrants made a range of displays on an Olympic theme with artwork being provided by the talented teenagers of Aldercar Community and Language College.

The following Sunday saw in excess of 1,000 people grace the Market Place for an event-packed fun-day.

The blistering hot occasion on Sunday was formally opened by BBC East Midlands Today weather girl Anna Church and featured live music, stalls, games and other fun activities such as the ever popular Teddies Leap of Faith, which saw children parachute their favourite stuffed toys from the top of St Lawrence’s Church, on the Market Place.

An Olympic theme continued during the fun-day as youngsters from ten local primary schools took part in a parade of flags they had made to mark the 2012 games in London. And a petting zoo of a slightly different kind was offered by staff of Broomfield Hall’s small animal, reptile and rare breed animal facility, who bought along snakes and reptiles for people to hold.

Chairman of the Heanor Festival Trust David Rowley thanked everyone who took part in events over the course of the week.

He said: “Although there is this attitude that Heanor is a dying area, we are trying to say there are lots of things in the town that people can be proud of.”

A nail-biting finale to the week came in the form of the five-side football tournament which was won on penalties by Marlpool United.

The winning quintet took home a trophy courtesy of Amber Valley Community Safety Partnership.