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Dambusters Anniversary Hit By Weather

May 16th, 2018|

Thousands of people gathered at Derwent Dam, in Derbyshire’s Peak District, for a flypast of the Battle of Britain Flight’s Lancaster bomber, to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the famous World War II Dambusters raid on the dams of the Ruhr Valley in Germany. Peace and tranquility at Derbyshire's Derwent [...]

A Star Is Born – The First Appearance Of ‘Cliff Richard’

May 3rd, 2018|

3rd May 1958 When Harry Greatorex booked Harry Webb and his group for a performance in Derbyshire, he insisted on a change of name. Ripley, a quiet, unassuming little town on the fringe of the Derbyshire coal mining belt, is hardly the place one would associate with rock and roll history. The town is [...]

Commonwealth Gold For Derby’s Charlie Tanfield

April 6th, 2018|

Derby-based cyclist Charlie Tanfield struck gold on the Gold Coast with victory for England in the Men’s 4000 metre Individual Pursuit. Charlie beat Scotland’s John Archibald in the gold medal race at the Commonwealth Games in Australia. The pair both ride for Team KGF whose home is the velodrome at [...]

Martin Turner, Wishbone Ash And That Distinctive Twin Guitar Sound

April 5th, 2018|

Growing up in the seventies Wishbone Ash, with their distinctive twin lead guitar sound, were one of the essential bands to follow. Their third album Argus was an absolute classic and was named ‘Album of the Year’ by Sounds magazine. Martin Turner, Wishbone Ash’s principal lyricist and creative force, lead vocalist and bass player [...]

PMW Complete Sale Of Desirable City Apartments

March 16th, 2018|

PMW Property have successfully completed the sale of two desirable apartment blocks in Derby, St George Court and Bradley Court. The sale of St George Court and Bradley Court, to an unnamed purchaser in a deal worth £3 million, comes as Ashbourne-based PMW re-evaluate their portfolio, concentrating their interests in the commercial property market. [...]

Scuba Diving, A Diving Taster Session With The British Sub Aqua Club

March 10th, 2018|

“To write the article properly, you need to experience a dive.” So said Alex Warzynski, the Wirksworth-based chairman of the British Sub-Aqua Club when I interviewed him for my previous post. “I’m not a very good swimmer,” I warned. “Don’t worry,” his reply, “you don’t need to be good at swimming, only sinking!” [...]

Council Visit PMW’s New Swadlincote Development

March 5th, 2018|

Construction of PMW Property’s new Optimum Business Park development is progressing well. Councillor Michael Stanton, Chairman of South Derbyshire District Council, and Frank McArdle, the council’s Chief Executive saw this for themselves when they recently visited the site in Swadlincote. Work began on the 1.4 hectare site in December with the steel structure of [...]

Tanfield Strikes World Championship Gold On Team GB Debut

March 3rd, 2018|

Derby-based Charlie Tanfield struck gold on his first appearance for Team GB at the UCI Track Cycling World Championships in Apeldoorn in the Netherlands. The 21-year old Team KGF cyclist joined Kian Emadi, Ethan Hayter and three-time Olympic champion Ed Clancy in the British team that defeated Denmark in the men’s pursuit final. Denmark [...]

The British Sub Aqua Club: Down Down, Deeper And Down

March 1st, 2018|

Here in Derbyshire, in the heart of the English countryside, is not where I was expecting to find the Chairman of the British Sub-Aqua Club. Alex Warzynski lives in Wirksworth but that, he tells me, is the ideal location from which to pursue his passion for diving among the wrecks and sea life around [...]

Remembering Fred – Strictly Stars Bring The Astaire Legend To Life

February 23rd, 2018|

Back by popular demand, Strictly Come Dancing stars Janette Manrara and Aljaz Skorjanec are returning to the East Midlands with their smash-hit theatre show Remembering Fred. Remembering Fred promises to be bigger for 2018 with new songs, new dances, new costumes and a new look. As part of their 46-date tour, Remembering Fred returns [...]