Residents celebrate as road is re-opened

Villagers celebrated with a Champagne reception when a road finally reopened after being closed for weeks.

Residents of Holloway and Whatstandwell had to take a four-mile detour each way when Bracken Lane, which connects the two villages, was closed for more than 15 weeks while Derbyshire County Council carried out necessary rebuilding work.

To mark the reopening of the road, residents decided to lay on a light-hearted official cutting-of-the-tape ceremony together with a champagne reception.

One resident, Peter Barnet, who travels to Belper regularly, said his petrol bill had more than doubled during the three months of the closure.

The county council had to rebuild a large retaining wall halfway between the two villages which was on the verge of collapsing.