Sun sees thousands flock to village fete

More than 2,000 people descended on Codnor Recreation Ground on Sunday for a sweltering village fete.

The Rotary Club of Amber Valley-organised event saw villagers enjoy a display of daredevil jumps and wheelies by stunt man Jez Avery on a motorbike and a quad bike and a flypast from a Dakota aeroplane as part of a packed day of entertainment.

Codnor castle re-enactors.'Jake Keys, Nichola Taylor-Cockayne, Charlie Glenn, Jon Ward.

Codnor castle re-enactors.'Jake Keys, Nichola Taylor-Cockayne, Charlie Glenn, Jon Ward.

With the mercury soaring close to 30 degrees Celsius in the afternoon the crowds also took in a battle re-enactment, staged by Codnor Castle Heritage Trust, as well as a fun dog show, a football skills competition, fairground rides and much more.

Principle organiser and Rotarian Trevor Taylor said: “The weather was perfect and it went very well indeed.”

The Rotary Club of Amber Valley has organised the event since the late 1990s at a cost of around £2,000 a year, Trevor, of Vicarage Avenue, Ilkeston, said.

“This event is not a fundraiser for the Rotary Club, although we sometimes make a bit from it,” he added. “We put this on for the people of Codnor and to help local charities raise a bit of money.”

Leader of Codnor Parish Council Chris Emmas-Williams said: “It was really good and very well attended - and the Dakota came very low for the flypast.

“It was just an excellent community event - with a lot of stalls and a barbecue put on by the Scouts, it was spot on.”