Diamond day for villagers

St Helen's curate Martin Strang, centre, with event organisers and exhibitors.
St Helen's curate Martin Strang, centre, with event organisers and exhibitors.

VISITORS travelled from across the country to enjoy a diamond day of celebrations in Trowell last weekend.

The village marked 60 years since it was picked to represent the country during the Festival of Britain with a three-day flower show and an exhibition of old photographs and memories of the village.

NILALM110618B4 - Trowell church festival of flowers. Organiser Dora Attenborrow with one of the displays and the mural created by Key stage 2 pupils at Trowell church of England Primary school.

NILALM110618B4 - Trowell church festival of flowers. Organiser Dora Attenborrow with one of the displays and the mural created by Key stage 2 pupils at Trowell church of England Primary school.

Despite the weather, about 250 people enjoyed the weekend of activities, which also included a circus skills workshop, a balloon race, children’s arts and crafts and big band music.

The event was organised by Trowell Village Festival Committee.

Committee member and chairman of the parish council Cllr Julie Bryant said: “It went very well – there was a steady stream of visitors throughout the weekend.”

She said the visitors book recorded visitors from as far away as Yorkshire.

NILALM110618B1 - Trowell Parish Hall exhibition. Chairman of Trowell Parish council cllr Julie Bryant with Chairman of Trowell festival committee Mavis Cornhill

NILALM110618B1 - Trowell Parish Hall exhibition. Chairman of Trowell Parish council cllr Julie Bryant with Chairman of Trowell festival committee Mavis Cornhill

She added: “The community spirit of 1951 is definitely still alive in the Trowell today.”

The exhibition in the Village Hall was put together by Ilkeston History Society members Danny Corns and Beverley Kilby, who live in the village.

A surprise addition to Trowell Through the Years was the sash worn by Amanda Jeffs, who aged 14 was crowned Festival Queen in 1976 – the 25th anniversary of the Festival of Britain.

A member of St Helen’s Church is still in touch with Amanda who now lives in Spain and asked her if it could be used for the event on Saturday.

NILALM110618B2 - Trowell Parish Hall exhibition. Consort to the Mayor of Broxtowe Spencer Foster, seven and Mayor of Broxtowe Cllr Jacky Williams

NILALM110618B2 - Trowell Parish Hall exhibition. Consort to the Mayor of Broxtowe Spencer Foster, seven and Mayor of Broxtowe Cllr Jacky Williams

Pupils from Trowell Primary School will be receiving gifts from the parish council after they helped to make a mosaic for the event, which was also attended by Mayor of Broxtowe Cllr Jackie Williams.

The Festival of Britain in 1951 was a celebration of all things British aimed to give the country a lift after the Second World War.

Trowell was the surprise choice of Festival Village, ‘to encourage places which are not conventionally beautiful to have a go at improving their amenities’.

NILALM110618B3 - Trowell Parish Hall exhibition. Consort to the Mayor of Broxtowe Spencer Foster, seven and Mayor of Broxtowe Cllr Jacky Williams

NILALM110618B3 - Trowell Parish Hall exhibition. Consort to the Mayor of Broxtowe Spencer Foster, seven and Mayor of Broxtowe Cllr Jacky Williams