Nostalgia: Residents enjoy a joyous jubilee

More than 100 local organisations took part in a two day event to celebrate a double jubilee.

The first weekend of June 1977 event was to mark the 50th anniversary of the opening of Manor Park and 25 years of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign.

Nationally there was a Queen’s Silver Jubilee Appeal dedicated to encourage young people to help their communities and local councillors thought it was something that could be used to boost Glossop.

So they came up with ‘In The Park’ centred on Glossopdale young people and also having an emphasis on raising money to help finance local projects.

Many small projects had been forwarded to the High Peak District Jubilee Appeals Committee for a possible grant.

But the big one - which had the support of local organisations and Glossop Sports Council - was for a badly needed leisure centre in Glossop main street.

The land had been allocated, planning permission was expected to be approved, the only requirement was the cash to build it.

Saturday’s highlight was the procession from Hadfield Community Centre to the park where a variety of events was taking place.

The four community centres in Glossop, Hadfield, Whitfleld and Gamesley were all playing an active part, with the attractions including a marching display by Gamesley Girls Brigade, Glossop School Show Band and gym.

Sunday’s show stopper was a ‘Grand It’s A Knockout’  between the teams from the four community centres, Glossop Scouts and Simmondley Youth Club.

The park was packed with people, stalls and sideshows. Money poured into appeal collecting cans and it wasn’t too long before Glossop got its leisure centre.

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