Hundreds flock to new street festival

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The sun shone as hundreds of excited Langley Mill residents flocked to the launch of the town’s new street festival.

Cromford Road was closed off to traffic as festival-goers took to the streets to celebrate all that is good about Langley Mill and Aldercar.

The Cromford Road 
Festival kicked off at 12pm with Nottingham 
National Cadet Force Band and 
Breaston Highlanders 
marching up and down the street.

There was plenty to keep revellers entertained with performances from 
local bands such as Black Kats, Magpies and Wot U Like.

The community party, on Sunday, also hosted dance performances from the youngsters at Ripley Academy of Dance.

Children were also spoilt for choice with a mini fairground, stalls and 

Organiser Jen Lowthrop said the event was inspired by her grandparents.

She said: “My grandma and grandfather first met on Cromford Road. They both worked in local shops and loved the area. They used to tell me stories of how buzzing and lively Langley Mill used to be.

“These days the town has quite a bad reputation, I wanted to show that it could be like that again.

“The festival was a huge success. People were laughing and joking and enjoying 
themselves, they seemed to have a great family day out.

“I wasn’t sure how successful it would be, but 
after the turnout this year I hope it’s something that we can make an annual event.”

Resident Chris Booth said: “It was a great day, more stuff like this needs to happen in Langley Mill and surrounding areas.”

Neighbour Amanda Burley added: “Let’s do it all again next year” and resident Rachel Kolebu said:“What a great event, thank you. When will there be another one?”