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Matlock Illuminations and Fireworks – 17 September 2011

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The Matlock Bath Illuminations have a long established history dating back to 1897 – first held to celebrate Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee. The village was illuminated by fairy lamps and Chinese and Japanese lanterns with a torchlight procession through the village – followed by a procession of illuminated boats on the river and the limestone gorge rock face was decorated with coloured bonfires. It must have been a truly remarkable spectacle. Initially the decorated boats were lit by candles, however they are now lit by electricity.

In 2011 the 114th Illuminations are centred on Derwent Gardens, the boats were displayed to those on both sides of the river, a fun fair was set up in the gardens and for four Saturdays during the season a firework display takes place from the cliff top in the east side of the river.

This year’s candlelit boat was a model of the Space Shuttle, commerating the last flight of the shuttle earlier in the year.

Candlelit model of Space Shuttle

Candlelit model of Space Shuttle

My favourite, and fourth prize winner, was L. Bound Funeral Services from the Matlock branch of the St John Ambulance.

L. Bound Funeral Services

L. Bound Funeral Services

Midway through the evening, the firework display took place.

Firework display at Matlock

Firework display at Matlock

  • Images of the Matlock Illuminated Boats 2011
  • Photographs of the Matlock Firework Display
  • Matlock Bath Illuminations and Fireworks (Derbyshire Dales District Council)

    Author: Stewart

    An instrumentation engineer who enjoys photography and singing. Working in the West of Scotland; a member of St Mary's Cathedral Glasgow and Southwark Cathedral; and a volunteer guard/signalman on the Ffestiniog Railway in North Wales.

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