As part of the Heritage Lottery funded project, ‘The Great War – Life in The Bath’, an information board has been erected in The Memorial Gardens in Matlock Bath. It provides a detailed history of the funding, manufacture and unveiling of our
iconic Memorial. Currently in the charge of the Parish Council, it attracts interest from residents and visitors alike and now, with this board adjacent to the Memorial, all can all be fully informed of its important history. Pictured by the information board are Mike Greenan and Charles Beresford, residents of the village and members of the WW1 project committee. Charles, a writer and local historian said that the Memorial is one of the finest and the village should take great pride in its heritage.
Young and old come together to remember.
On Sunday afternoon, November 8th 2015 around 50 people gathered in the Memorial Gardens Matlock Bath for
Remembrance. We were joined by members of the Sir Richard Arkwright Masson Mill Band who provided the music.
The Chair of the Parish Council in his introduction said “It is so encouraging to see so many young people gathered at this important community event especially as some are contributing with readings” The readings, taken from work done for the Heritage Lottery supported WW1 project ‘The Great War – Life in The Bath’ included dedications to two of the fallen, writings from a postcard sent from Matlock Bath to the front and creative writing done by pupils from Matlock Bath Holy Trinity School. There was also a reading of an account researched on a truce in the conflict at Gallipoli.
After the reading of the names of the fallen, wreaths were placed on behalf of the Parish Council and the children of the village and the last post was sounded.
Pictured by the memorial are the young people who from the village who contributed to this year’s Remembrance. From left to right: Noah Whitehead, Hannah West, Gaby Wolfenden, Peter McCrea, Shelby Hirstwood and Ellen Hollands.
On 21st July 2015, Andy Potter from Radio Derby visited the exhibition and talked to the main contributors – Charles Beresford, Dominic Hodgkinson, Mike Greenan and Laura Smith. Listen to the interviews on the BBC iPlayer.
It starts about 2hrs 12 minutes into the programme and runs for about 25 minutes with music between sections. This will only be available to listen to until August 20th 2015 so listen before it’s too late.