Snow blankets the Belper area

Workings at the weir in Belper.
Workings at the weir in Belper.

A PANTOMIME was a big casualty of the heavy snow in the Belper area at the weekend.

Whatstandwell Pantomime Group’s production of Treasure Island on Saturday evening was called off because of the wintry weather that struck earlier in the day.

View through the graveyard at St Peter's Church, Belper, towards Belper Congregational Church.

View through the graveyard at St Peter's Church, Belper, towards Belper Congregational Church.

However, the cast is determined the show will go on and a rescheduled performance will take place this Saturday, February 11, at 7.30pm.

Anyone who had tickets for the original show can use them this Saturday.

Some tickets are still available for the performance, which is at The Florence Nightingale Memorial Hall, Holloway. To buy one, ring 01773 852797 between 4pm and 8pm.

Meanwhile, police said there were no serious incidents in the Belper area as a result of the blanket of snow.

A man makes his way to St Peter's Church, Belper.

A man makes his way to St Peter's Church, Belper.

A spokeswoman said there were a few minor bumps involving cars, and a few reports of people slipping and hurting themselves.

She added: “There were no serious injuries in Belper.”

Belper became a winter wonderland after the snow began falling on Saturday afternoon and soon covered the area.

But it didn’t stop 13 people — and one dog — going on a two-hour Belper Royal Connections Walk with local historian Adrian Farmer.

Snowfall February 2012 Belper River Gardens.

Snowfall February 2012 Belper River Gardens.

“It started snowing as soon as we started,” said Adrian.

The walk was to raise funds for the Herbert Strutt Charity.

Meanwhile, Belper Mayor Cllr Alan Cox thanked those who made it to a civic service in the town to mark the Queen’s diamond jubilee.

The service, which was on Sunday afternoon at Christ Church, was well attended despite the difficult conditions.

A snowy St John's Chapel in Belper.

A snowy St John's Chapel in Belper.

Cllr Cox said: “I want to thank people for getting to the service despite it being the worst weather this year so far.”

Adrian Farmer leads a Royal Connection Walk in Belper as the snow began to fall.

Adrian Farmer leads a Royal Connection Walk in Belper as the snow began to fall.