Leading light backs lanterns

THIS year’s New Mills Festival has been given a boost from a new fund to be distributed by councillors.

Jeff Lawton, Vice Chairman of New Mills Festival Committee, was delighted to accept a £600 donation from Councillor Tony Ashton from his High Peak Borough Council “Councillors’ Initiative Fund”.

The money will be used to purchase new tables needed due to the relocation of the popular Lantern Making Workshops to Torr Vale Mill.

Cllr Ashton said: “I was very impressed when I saw the Lantern Workshops in their new location.

“The Festival is now a major part of life in the town and it is wonderful to see so much creative talent from people of all ages.”