Belper gets a makeover fit for a Queen!

Boards celebrating the Queen's birthday decorating the derelict Thorntons building on Derwent Street
Boards celebrating the Queen's birthday decorating the derelict Thorntons building on Derwent Street

Staff and members of a Belper youth centre helped spruce up the town to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday.

Over the last two weeks young people and students from the Drop Inn have spent their time designing and painting colourful boards to celebrate the special landmark.

Boards celebrating the Queen's birthday decorating the derelict Thorntons building on Derwent Street

Boards celebrating the Queen's birthday decorating the derelict Thorntons building on Derwent Street

The boards have been put along with St George flags, on the derelict Thorntons building on Derwent Street in Belper – just above the Drop Inn headquarters.

A team of young people also cleared the weeds from the gutters and litter picked Derwent Street.

One of the Drop Inn members, Joe, aged 15, said: “The old Thorntons building looks awful with the windows boarded up and hundreds of people walk up and down there every day.

“So we decided to make it look nice for the Queen’s birthday celebrations.”

Boards celebrating the Queen's birthday decorating the derelict Thorntons building on Derwent Street

Boards celebrating the Queen's birthday decorating the derelict Thorntons building on Derwent Street

The Drop Inn then hosted a birthday celebration event on Thursday, April 21 for members and the local community.

The centre was decorated with Union Jacks, whilst sandwiches, snacks and cakes were all provided free of charge to around 50 people who attended.

Andrea Fox, founder of the Drop Inn, said: “It was a good way to educate young people about The Royal Family and a great opportunity to get them involved in a positive community project improving their area.

“We had a lot of fun doing the boards.

“The celebration event was well attended and it had a real party atmosphere.

“Everyone had a great time, we decided to provide food free as a little thank you to the young people for taking part in the project as well as marking the Royal Birthday and the cakes were donated by a local business as an extra treat.”