Hundreds turn out for revived Wakes event

Belper Wakes: Evan Dugdale, seven and Joe Allan, seven
Belper Wakes: Evan Dugdale, seven and Joe Allan, seven

Plans are already in motion for next year’s Belper Wakes after the traditional sporting event enjoyed a successful return on Bank Holiday Monday.

Fine weather brought hundreds out to try the different sports on offer and organisers are hoping it will mean many more people take up sports and get active as a result.

Mark Slater, who helped put together the event at Belper Meadows Cricket Club, said: “It was a really good day. The turnout was phenomenal - there were hundreds of people with queues for everything from archery to the bouncy slide.

“With any event like this the weather is always key and we were very pleased it held out for us.

“The fact there was so much support has meant we are really up for holding it again next year.”

Other taster sporting sessions included Zumba, boxing, belly dancing, rowing and sports day track races.

The Wakes were an annual fixture in the 1950s, but gradually faded away until it was resurrected around the Golden Jubilee in 2002.

The success of this year’s event was especially important to organisers as they had to cancel the 2012 Wakes due to bad weather.