50 years ago
belper boy goes to germany: A 14-year-old Belper boy was among a party of Derbyshire Army Cadets who went on a ten-day visit to a Royal Artillery camp in Munsterlager, Germany. David Cowlishaw, a pupil of Parks School, had been a member of the Belper Detachment for six months. Alongside the party, David travelled by ship and train to Munsterlager. They visited a number of artillery units, a German Army camp, and also had the opportunity to fire a self-loading rifle.
30 years ago
on your marks for marathon: Sports fanatics in Belper were delighted to hear that the town was to hold its own ‘Mini-mini Marathon’. At five-and-a-half miles, it was considerably shorter than the London Marathon, which is more than 26 miles! But it was thought Belper’s hilly landscape was not to be sniffed at by local footballers, netballers, and players of hockey, rugby, badminton and tennis. The run, through the streets of Belper, raised money for Cancer Research.
ten years ago
reminder of mayor’s year: The then Amber Valley Mayor John Nelson opted to leave a permanent reminder in Belper’s Memorial Gardens of his year in office. For John planted a copper beech tree in the garden. It replaced a beech tree that had stood in the gardens for 150 years. John said: “In years to come this tree will be absolutely gorgeous.” The old tree had a terminal fungal infection, so it had to come down.