Weekend of events to celebrate Chapel-en-le-Frith’s history

A photograph of Herbert Slack's scale model.
A photograph of Herbert Slack's scale model.

Chapel Past and Present is the theme of a special exhibition being held at the Playhouse theatre, Chapel-en-le-Frith, on Saturday July 7 and Sunday July 8, from 10am-4pm. Admission is £1 (children free).

Visitors will be invited to browse over 15 different stalls, where local organisations will be displaying memorabilia and photos which highlight the town’s rich past.

Over the course of the weekend Chapel Morris Men will be dancing in the Market Place, while Chapel Players will be displaying a range of their costumes. There will also be the chance to see an amazing scale-model roundabout crafted by local shoemaker Herbert Slack.

Other attractions include the opportunity to watch old films of Chapel, compiled by local resident Neil Hawtin. Showings will take place on the Saturday from 1.30pm-5pm in the Town Hall and on Sunday from 11am-4pm in Rems Cafe Bar.

The same weekend is the 792nd anniversary of the dedication of St Thomas Becket Church, and there will be tours from 12pm to 4pm each day.

Other attractions include a trail for children, a quiz and a trail of shops and pubs displaying memorabilia and photographs.

There will be a rare opportunity to experience what life was like for prisoners in the town cells on the Market Place, now the Old Cell Ale Bar, with tours running from 2pm-4pm on the Saturday.