Why you are proud to be from High Peak

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Whether it’s walking through the Pavilion Gardens, catching a show at New Mills Art Theatre or enjoying Whaley Water Weekend, there’s lots to be happy about living in Buxton and the High Peak.

In the last six months the area has won a handful of awards as other people realise just how good our area is.

Terra Lawless

Terra Lawless

In recent weeks the Advertiser has asked you what needed to be done to improve the market, or what should be done with the disused Nestle water factory, and we were forgetting there is so much to shout about when you are from High Peak.

Terra Lawless, 30, from Buxton, said: “I haven’t lived here all my life. I moved when I was 15 but it really is a great place to live.

“It’s quiet and peaceful but there is still enough stuff going on in the town that you don’t get bored.”

At the end of March the town won its most recent award for being one of the ten most charming towns in the East Midlands, when 100 travel writers, photographers and selected professionals put forward the towns they considered to have the most appeal.

Sarah Woodward

Sarah Woodward

Sarah Woodward, from Glossop, said: “It is a beautiful place to live. I think we do take what we have for granted.

“It’s only when you go away that you realise the hills that are always there in the background have gone.

“Coming back home always makes me appreciate where I’m from.”

Back in October the Opera House won a top regional award for its hospitality to audiences. Nationwide, 256 theatres put themselves forward for consideration, with 12 emerging as the regional winners.

Eric Mycock

Eric Mycock

It is not just recreational activities that are celebrating success. Chapel-en-le-Frith High School was recently graded by Ofsted as ‘outstanding’.

The school is now one of only five secondary schools in Derbyshire to be judged outstanding, and the only one in the High Peak and Derbyshire Dales.

Eric Mycock, 59, from Buxton, said: “I have lived here all my life and I wouldn’t swap it for anything - it’s a very tranquil and pretty place to live.”

The economy is also doing well as more organised coach trips are boosting trade.

Jason Losse

Jason Losse

Catherine Brown, 22, from Whaley Bridge, said: “This is a real town full of real people, there are job opportunities and we are growing, but we haven’t lost our soul as some other tourist areas have done.”

If that was not enough to be proud about, the Devonshire Dome spa is the best in the country, beating off the spa in Harrods.

Jason Losse, 35, from Buxton, said: “Buxton is a bit hilly but I don’t mind it.

“I like the train station and I like watching the trains, we get some great trains coming through the station.”

It is people who make an area, and your generosity knows no bounds.

In just a few months residents donated five tonnes of goods to the Hummingbird Project which helps refugees who are fleeing war torn Syria.

Catherine Brown

Catherine Brown

Matt Rowland, 24 from Harpur Hill, said: “This is a dynamic place to live with the countryside right on our doorstep.

“I’m very outdoorsy and like hiking. There is also great wildlife in the area and there is so much to do - we are not just a quiet area, people in the High Peak are full of life.”

Matt Rowland

Matt Rowland