PICTURES: Celebration of Chapel-en-le-Frith’s past and present

Ged Morten of Chapel Morris Men who perform every Monday through the summer and are always looking for new recruits
Ged Morten of Chapel Morris Men who perform every Monday through the summer and are always looking for new recruits

An inaugural celebration of Chapel-en-le-Frith’s history was hailed a ‘fantastic event’ and attracted more than 600 people.

Organised by Chapel Film Club, the Chapel Past and Present weekend took people on a walk down memory lane to bygone times.

Chapel Players stalwarts with some costumes and props from past performances, Rebecca Perkins, Nicola Hallows and Helena Jodrell

Chapel Players stalwarts with some costumes and props from past performances, Rebecca Perkins, Nicola Hallows and Helena Jodrell

Anne Cawthorn, chairman of the film club and trustee of Chapel Arts, said: “We wanted to do something to celebrate our roots and our history, and for a first event we had more than 600 people come along which is fantastic.”

The exhibition was held at the Playhouse theatre last weekend and featured 15 different stalls manned by local organisations, who displayed memorabilia and photos which highlighted the town’s rich past.

Over the course of the weekend Chapel Morris Men performed on the Market Place, while Chapel Players displayed a range of their costumes and Chapel Film pulled together footage showing how the buildings in the area had changed.

Anne said: “Chapel is such a strong community and people don’t tend to move out of the area, so it was nice for people to see their history, their parents’ and their grandparents’ history too.”

The event was opened by guests of honour, the much-loved Derek Eley and Graham Harper.

Also on display at the Playhouse was the Gallopers, a small scale model roundabout crafted by local shoemaker Herbert Slack and now cared for by Chris and Kath Sizeland.

Tours were held of St Thomas Becket Church, as the Past and Present event coincided with the 792nd anniversary of the dedication of the church. There was also the opportunity to experience what life was like for prisoners in the town cells on the Market Place, now the Old Cell Ale Bar.

Anne added: “Thank you to all the exhibitors who took part, and for everyone who came out and made the event such a success.”