Sun shines on summer festival

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RESIDENTS of Killamarsh put in a massive effort to transform a leisure centre car park into a Caribbean haven for their annual summer festival.

On a sweltering hot, sunny day, visitors could have been forgiven for thinking they were visiting Antigua, rather than a town on the Derbyshire border.

“It was a marvellous day,” said Margaret Atkins of the Killamarsh Women’s Institute.

“The weather brought people out and we really did the Caribbean theme justice.

“There was a steel band, belly dancers, Punch and Judy and children’s rides.

“It was organised by the parish council who put it on every year for the community.

“But with the weather this year it was busier than ever.”

Residents browsed stalls organised by local groups and took in the Caribbean entertainment.

A raffle was held to raise money for a war memorial in the town, a cause spurred into action after the death of Killamarsh soldier Liam Riley in Afghanistan last year.

“We don’t have a proper war memorial in Killamarsh so people have got behind this,” said Margaret.