Wakes to return at cricket club

A traditional celebration of sport is to be revived in Belper next week, with the return of the town’s Wakes festival.

The event used to be an annual fixture in the 1950’s, but gradually faded away until it was re-surrected in around the Golden Jubilee in 2002.

Last years’ event was also cancelled due to bad weather, but organisers Belper Meadow Cricket Club are hoping to put on a wide variety of physical activities for the whole family on Monday, May 27.

Mark Slater, cricket club chairman, said: “We are going to try and keep this going as at least a bi-annual event.

“It was very popular in the 1950s and even though there was an attempt to bring it back in the seventies, it didn’t really get moving again until about 11 years ago.

“We want people to come along, try things they wouldn’t normally and hopefully get more involved in sport.

“There will be qualified instructors. There’s no need to book, just turn up and have a go. As long as the weather holds there should be good turnout.”

Visitors will have the opportunity to take part in sports ranging from Archery to Zumba, sports day track races, kick-boxing, belly dancing, rowing and everything in between.

There will also be stalls and attractions, food and a licensed bar.

The event is sponsored by Belper Town Council, Derbyshire County Council, Active Amber Valley, Tom McGonigal Trust, Belper Meadows Cricket Club and Village Games Derbyshire, and will take place at Belper Meadows Sports ground from 11am to 5pm.