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Edwina Crowns Lennon King Of Pop

Author and politician Edwina Currie presented John Lennon with top prize in the zany show Pop Star of the Century at High Peak Bookstore on Friday, part of Buxton Fringe.

Lennon, played by show writer and vocalist Alan Charnley who played 12 singing roles in costume and masks as well three politicians - but not including Edwina - was chosen by the audience as winner.

Edwina said: " It was one of the daftest and funniest shows I’ve seen. Audience had a ball - and I’m hoarse from singing along.

County’s Sexual Abuse Charity Appoints New CEO

A well-known figure in Derbyshire’s voluntary sector has been officially appointed CEO of the county’s leading charity that supports victims of sexual abuse.

Rachel Morris is now head of SV2 which has bases in Ripley, Derby and Buxton and provides a wide range of services to support victims and survivors of sexual abuse regardless of their age, gender, when the offence took place or whether they have reported the crime to police or not.


Applications for the 2024 Peak District, Derbyshire & Derby Tourism Awards will officially open on Friday 14th July 2023 – providing local tourism businesses with the unique opportunity to gain prestigious national recognition.

Organised by Visit Peak District & Derbyshire in collaboration with Visit Derby, the awards will celebrate excellence and outstanding achievement across the tourism sector.

Pop Star of the Century

Author and politician Edwina Currie will present an award to the winner at Pop Star of the Century on Friday (July 14) at High Peak Bookstore, Brierlow Bar.

And she may just be rooting for John Lennon who won at the first Fringe show at the Pump Room Buxton last Friday. There Lennon defeated Agnetha of ABBA and Elvis.

Audiences vote the winner and singalong on the choruses. Artistes are represented in costume and masks.

Why HeadHigh event is Fundamental in tackling mental health issues

A FREE festival of food, music and fun for all the family is being held in Derby city centre to raise awareness of mental health issues and tackle the taboos surrounding the illness.

Mental health support CIC HeadHigh is staging its annual Fundamental event on July 8, in Cathedral Green, with a stage for live performances, sporting activities and stalls run by local groups.

Darley Abbey gin is so uncommonly good it’s available in Parliament

A Derbyshire gin manufacturer has brought a new kind of order to the House of Commons after its locally brewed tipple went on sale to thirsty MPs.

The Darley Abbey Distillery’s Uncommon Thread is now being served in Strangers’ Bar, in Parliament, where it is being enjoyed by MPs, Government ministers and their guests.

The juniper-led gin was created by Nichol and Andy Malia-Barlow, owners of the Darley Abbey Wine Bar and the Cottonworks restaurant, with friend Clare Lamert who has worked in the spirits and Champagne industry for several years.

Vocal Technique Workshop with Hannah Brine - August 26thAward winning choral conductor and singing coach Hannah Brine is offering a 1 day singing workshop for those interested in vocal techniques on Saturday August 26th, at St Oswalds Church, Bollington.

Award winning choral conductor and singing coach Hannah Brine is offering a 1 day singing workshop for those interested in vocal techniques on Saturday August 26th, at St Oswalds Church,  Bollington.  Hannah has a wealth of experience in vocal coaching and performance - having sung for Disney, on Strictly Come Dancing and on a host of released songs, as well as having taught vocal technique at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, London.  More recently Hannah founded Bollington Singers Commu

Derby Student's creativity recognised by The University of Arts London

The University of the Arts London (UAL) chose Mia Grace Seaman from Derby College Group (DCG) to display their work at Origins Creatives in London this month. 

The work of Mia Grace Seaman (18) caught the attention of UAL Awarding Body’s curator amongst 400 submissions and will be on display at the Truman Brewery in July. 

Ethereal ‘Museum of the Moon’ Returns to Derby Cathedral

A breath-taking touring attraction will return to the city this Autumn accompanied by an extensive public events programme.

‘Museum of the Moon’ – created by UK artist Luke Jerram – is a giant artwork which will be suspended over the nave at Derby Cathedral and is open to the public between October 12th and November 10th 2023.