Huge weekend of events in store for town

Belper well dressing.
Belper well dressing.

The ancient tradition of well dressing is set to return to Belper at the weekend, with 12 flowery designs in their final stages for the big unveiling.

The blessing service will take place at the River Gardens BandStand on Sunday, July 13 at 2.30pm with wells going on show to the public the day before, Saturday, July 12.

Derwent Brass will also be playing in the River Gardensbetween 2pm and 4pm on the Sunday.

The wells will then remain on display until Thursday, July 17.

Contributing their creative talents with designs for this year’s festival are scouts and girl guides, Belper School, Herbert Strutt Primary School, Long Row Primary School and St John’s School Rpimary School along with the Drop Inn Youth Centre, Brownies,U3A, Central Methoidist Church, Friends of the River Gardens, Belper Gardening Club and a joint effort by Rosemary Bridges and Cynthia Lenham.

Designs include the start of the First World War, 50 years of the Red Arrows, a stained glass display, Toad of Toad Hall and Felix the Cat.

The age old tradition of well dressings dates from the middle ages and is predominately pertinent to Derbyshire.

Elsewhere, the town will be buzzing over the next few days starting with Belper Farmers Market on Saturday, July 12. Now in its 13th year it runs from 9am till 1pm.

Free parking is available in the Coppice car park and in the car park at the bottom of Derwent Street.

The prestigious food and drink festival and Classic Car Show event will attracts hundreds of visitors to the town on Sunday, July 13.

There will be a wide spectrum of musicians and dancers performing at the festival which will bring a street party atmosphere to the day.

A Classic Car Exhibition will be held on Campbell Street.

And on Monday, July 14. Belper’s entry in the East Midlands in Bloom competition will be judged.

Belpers’ Britain in Bloom National judging will take place on Tuesday, August 5.

Belper Town Council Clerk, Roz Bullimore, said: “The town council would like to make a plea to residents of Belper for their help.

“Tidy up your front garden make sure the area is free of litter. Place a tub or hanging basket to help to brighten up the town.”

The following day, Tuesday, July 15, there is the opportunity to find out about the history of Belper River Gardens and the Belper Well Dressings on a short walk with Adrian Farmer.

The walk departs at 7pm in the gardens and is £2 per person - all proceeds to Friends of Belper River Gardens.