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Matlock Bath Illuminations public meeting

Local people are invited to attend a public meeting to have their say on this year's Matlock Bath Illuminations.

The District Council's annual event, which attracts around 100,000 people to Matlock Bath during the seven-week autumn season, boosting local trade, will be discussed at the meeting in the Pump Room - part of the Grand Pavilion complex - at 6pm on Thursday 5 January.

Attending to present facts and figures from the 2016 Illuminations will be local councillors and District Council officers directly involved in organising the spectacle, which celebrated its 119th birthday this year.

Centrepiece of the event is the unique parade of decorated and illuminated boats on the River Derwent, together with fireworks finales, themed nights and entertainment around the bandstand in Derwent Gardens.

The District Council, which took over the organisation of the Illuminations in 1984, aims to run the event at no cost to local Council Tax payers.

The annual festival dates back to 1897 when the people of Matlock Bath celebrated Queen Victoria's diamond jubilee by illuminating their village with fairy lamps and Chinese and Japanese lanterns.

Rockets were discharged from the top of Masson Hill and a torchlight procession was held through the village. This was followed by a procession of illuminated boats on the river and the illumination of the rocks by coloured fires.

The illuminations today concentrate on the lighting of natural features, such as rock outcrops, trees and the thermal waters in the Derwent Gardens.

The 2016 winning boat at the Illuminations by teenager Isabel Flavell

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