Chesterfield welcomes back an old friend for Arts Festival

A former fixture in the Chesterfield streets makes a nostalgic return home as part of the first Chesterfield Community Arts Festival organised by Chesterfield Borough Council.

Chesterfield 8 horse-drawn tram owned by the Science Museum which is usually on display at the Crich Tramway Village will make its appearance on Saturday 4 May. Built in 1899 for the Chesterfield – Brampton route, this was one of the last horse-drawn trams to be built in the United Kingdom.

Curator Laura Waters said ‘We are excited to have the opportunity to take Chesterfield 8 back to its home town. A team from Crich will be with the tram all day with further interpretation and photographs of the tram and other tramways systems in Chesterfield

The tram will be on display from 10am – 4pm in Rykneld Square, outside the Visitor Information Centre.

The tram will be joined in Rykneld Square from 11am – 3pm by the Sweet Sisters for a dressing up adventure. The Sweet Sisters will be inviting visitors to take photos beside the tram and upload the results to the Festival’s Facebook pagewww.facebook.com/ChesterfieldFestival or tweet to @CfieldFestival.

Brampton Community Band will be playing by the tram at 3pm.

Councillor Amanda Serjeant, Chesterfield Borough Council’s executive member for leisure, culture and tourism said: “Chesterfield’s first Community Arts Festival is an exciting event and to be able to view one of our original horse-drawn trams in its home town makes this all the more special.
“There is so much happening over the course of the weekend, there really is something for all the family.”

Also taking place in the town centre on the Saturday, Chesterfield Philharmonic Choir Concert will give a concert in Chesterfield Library from 11.45am – 12.30pm, Brampton Community Band will also be playing in the foyer of Chesterfield Library from 1pm – 2pm.

Tours are available of the famous Crooked Spire and an arts market and music café take place in the Winding Wheel and a demonstration of lace making is on display in the Pomegranate Theatre bar.

Performances of The Candy Girls, the specially written play about Chesterfield’s Trebor Factory will take place at 2.30 and 6.30pm.  The Pomegranate Playwrights were one of the first groups in the UK to receive an ‘All Our Stories’ Heritage Lottery Fund making this exciting production possible. Replica of original Candy Girl dress by the theatre’s sewing group will be displayed in the bar.  Tickets available fromwww.chesterfieldtheatres.co.uk

The festival will take place between Thursday 2 and Monday 6 May.  For more details, visit: www.chesterfieldfestival.co.uk.

For more information, please contact:

James Taylor

Public Relations Officer

Chesterfield Borough Council

Tel: 01246 345250

e-mail: james.taylor@chesterfield.gov.uk

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