Well dressing kids praised

SP90985 Belper well dressing, Judy Caudwell and Jude Cohen, U3's well/
SP90985 Belper well dressing, Judy Caudwell and Jude Cohen, U3's well/

SCHOOL children have been praised for their contribution to this year’s Belper Well Dressing festival.

The town’s River Gardens were awash with colour as the annual event took the town by storm at the weekend.

SP90987 Alison and Sophia Reynolds at the Pottery school well.

SP90987 Alison and Sophia Reynolds at the Pottery school well.

More than 30 wonderful displays delighted visitors on Saturday and Sunday, July 9 and 10. There were also wells on show at the town’s Methodist Church and Christ Church.

Trevor Griffin, who is treasurer of the Belper Well Dressing Group and chairman of the Friends of the River Gardens, was delighted with how many local schools and youngsters got involved with the tradition.

He said: “The input by young people was very good, especially in terms of carrying on the well dressing tradition.

“There was a mass of wells from local schools. All the four Belper primary schools were involved, as was one nursery and the Alton Manor scouts.”

SP90989 Herbert Strutt primary school well, Megan, Joseph, George and Sophie Widdows.

SP90989 Herbert Strutt primary school well, Megan, Joseph, George and Sophie Widdows.

The scout group will benefit from the event by receiving a donation of the some of the proceeds. The armed forces charity Help for Heroes will also get a slice.

“The North Mill well was called Heroes,” said Trevor. “So we collected some money for Help for Heroes.

“People were very generous in giving to us and all the collections did well.”

The event, which featured live music from Belper Wind Band, a choir, and local quintet Mills and Chimneys, proved very popular, with a bumper crowd enjoying the wells on both days.

Trevor said: “We had about 1,000 people come on the Sunday afternoon alone.

“We were very fortunate with the weather. The whole thing went very well.

“We had four large wells, three medium ones, and the ones from the schools and children.

“All the music went down very well as well.

“Overall, the reaction we got was definitely people liking the wells.

“A lot of people liked the fact that the gardens were a very attractive setting for the well dressings displays.”