New Mills Arts Festival comes to a spectacular close

Toys and Games was the theme of this year's stunning lantern procession in The Torrs. Photo: Kirsten Marsh
Toys and Games was the theme of this year's stunning lantern procession in The Torrs. Photo: Kirsten Marsh

The New Mills Festival came to a spectacular close on Sunday with The Torrs lantern procession.

The increasingly-popular event has become the traditional end of the festival, which this year featured Toyah Willcox as the star of a packed and eclectic programme.

A street performer plays with fire, to the delight of the watching crowd. Photo: Kirsten Marsh

A street performer plays with fire, to the delight of the watching crowd. Photo: Kirsten Marsh

Over the course of the 17 days, the High Peak town threw open its doors to more than 15,000 visitors and featured over 70 events.

Organiser Lyn Banister said: “It was an absolutely fantastic event and the feedback has been spectacular.

“People have been saying how it is the best we’ve ever done and that it just keeps getting better and better.”

Lyn said all the events were really well attended and highlights included Toyah, the folk and comedy nights and the ‘bubble fest’, where an amazing 1,500 people turned up to High Lea Park to join in the fun.

The view from above: looking down on a torch-lit Torrs. Photo: Kirsten Marsh

The view from above: looking down on a torch-lit Torrs. Photo: Kirsten Marsh

Despite the festival’s success, organisers say they are still in desperate need of more volunteers in order to make next year’s event as good as it can be.

She said: “We can never have too many volunteers - the planning and admin side of things has become enormous.”

If you want to help with next year’s festival, email newmillsfestival@hotmail.co.uk or call 07753 842861.

A traditional carousel is given the lantern treatment. Photo: Kirsten Marsh

A traditional carousel is given the lantern treatment. Photo: Kirsten Marsh