Hundreds gather for new festival

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The sun shone as hundreds of excited Langley Mill residents flocked to the launch of the town’s new street festival.

Cromford Road was closed off to traffic as festival-goers took to the streets to celebrate all that is good about Langley Mill.

The Cromford Road Festival kicked off at 12pm with Nottingham National Cadet Force Band and Breaston Highlanders marching up and down the street.

There was plenty to keep the revellers entertained with performances from local bands such as Black Kats, Magpies and Wot U Like.

The community party, on Sunday, September 21, also hosted dance performances from the youngsters at Ripley Academy of Dance.

Children were also spoilt for choice with a mini fairground, stalls and trampolines.

Organiser Jen Lowthrop said the event was inspired by her grandparents.

She said: “My grandma and grandfather first met on Cromford Road. They both worked in local shops and loved the area. They used to tell me stories of how buzzing and lively Langley Mill used to be.

“It’s a shame but these days the town has quite a bad reputation, I wanted to show that it could be like that again.

“The festival was a huge success. People were laughing and joking and enjoying themselves, they seemed to have a great family day out.

“I wasn’t sure how successful it would be, but after the turnout this year I hope it is something that we can make an annual event.”

Residents said the following about the event:

“It was a great day, more stuff like this needs to happen in Langley Mill and surrounding areas.” – Chris Booth.

“Let’s do it again next year!” – Amanda Burley.

“Well done on a great event. When is the next one?” – Rachel Kolebuk.