"Celebrating Cromford 2012"

Photos of Cromford in Derbyshire's village festival on 22, 23 & 24 June 2012

The 8th Celebrating Cromford was a roaring success with residents and visitors enjoying the varied activities, music and stalls. Cromford's Olympic torchbearer Ian Page arrived to light the beacon to a rousing welcome from DaleDiva. The group entertained with a medley of songs before the start of the traction engine tug.

Ian Page lighting the beacon Ally Law and DaleDiva

Traction Engine Tug

The Cromford Football and Cricket teams pulled the 8ton Fowler Tiger traction engine from the Community Centre to the Bell Inn on Cromford Hill. Built in 1917 and weighing 8 tons, the engine belongs to Dave and Sue Cope of Cromford.
the traction engine tug
Traction engine on The Hill


Groove 66 entertained on Friday evening in the Bell garden, playing a mix of classic soul, ska, disco and pop music from the 60s to the present.

Groove 66

The lock up and pigsty looking festive.

Old pigsty

Milly's stall helped to raise funds for the Derwent Valley Donkey Sanctuary on Intake Lane, Cromford.


The magical pig and her piglets.
Created by Rachel Pinks and the children of Cromford School.

magic pigs

Snapshots around Celebrating Cromford.

Stick 'em up Cromford flame Organ grinder, Cromford Piglets, Cromford
          Photos: Y Daykin
Pizzas at Quarry Cottage.                 

Pizza oven Cromford

Display of stationary engines  


The lock-up in Swift's Entry.

Policeman's room Prisoner in cell

Banners in window and on the school railings.

window display Cromford school

Cromford "Crazy Olimpycs" on the school playing fields.

tug of war

traditional games traditional games
welly wanging Rampage Brass Band a wanged welly

Competition to recreate the Cromford Pudding.

judging the puddings
  Judges were Tony Carline and Dawn Bannister
One reason Richard Arkwright chose Cromford for his new cotton mills may have been his love of puddings.
In a letter recently discovered at Scarthin Books, he wrote to his business partner Samuel Need: "the bakers in these parts make a pudding without comparison of any I ever had in all my travels."
The recipe has sadly been lost. The competition to recreate the puddings was won by Chris Smith in both the sweet and savoury categories.

Saturday was rounded off with live music on Scarthin.

Northern Monkey band
The Dooberies band

Sam and Kylie's mobile Mini-Zoo

Domesticated rats

Friendly snake

One of the Open Gardens with a view of the playing field.

open garden

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Cromford village website
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© 2012 Yvonne Daykin