Peak gears up for royal celebrations

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THE Queen’s Diamond Jubilee is fast approaching and preparations for celebrations across the country are well underway.

In Buxton, an exhibition to mark the Queen’s 60 year reign is being held at the town’s museum and art gallery.

Organised by Derbyshire County Council, the exhibition, called Sixty Glorious Years, will highlight important events and local people’s stories over the decades as well as feature objects reflecting how Derbyshire has changed.

And the authority would like to hear from anyone willing to share their memories of an interesting event in their town, or a story about a significant event in their life or family, since 1952.

Exhibition organisers are interested in anything that has happened to you, your family or your community in the last 60 years that you would like to share with visitors to the exhibition.

The exhibition is due to go on display at Buxton Museum and Art Gallery on Saturday, April 28 and runs until Wednesday, June 13. Entry is free.

As well as stories and objects, such as things people might have used at home or work which were of their time, it will feature work produced by the county’s primary schools and span the Terrace Road museum’s Gallery One and foyer.

If you have a story to share or an object to put on display, contact exhibition organiser Martha Lawrence on 01629 533543 or email

For more information about Derbyshire’s jubilee celebrations, visit

lOne village determined not to miss out on the festivities is Longnor where a party is being held on Sunday, June 3 to mark the occasion.

Plans include a brief outdoor service/blessing followed by band music, a bring & share afternoon tea, and games.

The event will be held at St Bartholomew’s School, Longnor – in the grounds if the weather is fine or indoors or in a marquee if not.

It is open to all residents, and to anyone from adjoining parishes who would like to attend. Guests will need to take food to share, and something to sit on.

A display of photographs showing 60 years of life in Longnor is also being planned and anyone with photos or other memorabilia which could be loaned for the display is asked to get in touch with Michéla on 01298 83276 or by email at

Longnor Parish Council is ordering commemorative Diamond Jubilee china mugs to give to children under 16 who are resident in the village.

If any parents would like to order extra mugs, or if any adults want to buy one as a keepsake, contact Michéla Griffith on 01298 83276 or the Parish Clerk, Carolyn Chambers, on 01298 83783 or by email at by March 31.