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Glossop Victorian and Heritage Weekend is back this month

The Glossop Victorian and Heritage Weekend is back for 2024 and it’s going to be bigger and better than ever.

The event takes place over three days: Friday 31st May, Saturday 1st June and Sunday 2nd June. On Friday, event-goers will have the opportunity to visit the local craft beer tent with more than 30 real ales, as well as a gin and cocktail bar. There will be a selection of local artisan food stalls with delicious BBQs and nibbles, and all the fairground rides will be open. You can then end the afternoon by watching a selection of live entertainment with period music, singers and dancers.

Saturday brings a parade to commemorate the 80th anniversary of D-Day, with a Manchester pipe band, traction engines, shire horses, morris dancers and floats. There will be best dressed, best float and best shop competitions, as well as a selection of vintage vehicles on display, kids entertainment and a wide range of food and drink stalls. 

Sunday begins with a multi-faith church service followed by the Dark Peak Music Foundation. Like the other days, there will be a selection of vintage entertainment, bars, food stalls, re-enactors and shire horse rides. 

Paul Hitchen from the Glossop Heritage Weekend told the Chronicle that anyone who wishes to sponsor a barrel of beer for £100 can have their name on the barrel and in the beer programme. 

Paul is also urging local businesses to sponsor the upcoming event. “Towns everywhere are struggling, but here in Glossop we are lucky to have a vibrant high street," he said.

"But we all must work to keep it alive. The unpaid volunteers of the Glossop Heritage Weekend are doing just that. This event attracts people from all over – there are even coach companies providing trips to the event from the Midlands and south east! This brings much-needed visitor income to Glossop."

To pledge support to the event, you can email info@glossopheritageweekend.org. The event is organised and put on by local unpaid volunteers and the Round Table, and every penny pledged to the event goes directly to cover the costs. 

Debra Kelly, who is the partner and head of Davis Blank Furniss in Glossop, said: “Glossop Heritage Weekend is a fantastic event and one that we are delighted to be sponsoring. The cost-of-living crisis - along with high business costs - are having an impact on us all, but we passionately believe that supporting grassroots initiatives like this is very important.

"They of course bring the community together, but they also bring money into the town. This year’s Heritage Weekend is set to welcome thousands of people to Glossop so we would encourage other local companies and venues to get involved to ensure the event is financially viable and is the success it truly deserves to be.”   

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