Audio trails give sound lessons in local history

VISITORS to North East Derbyshire can learn about the area's local history in a series of free audio trails.

The Hidden Gems trails guide listeners along a route brought to life with narration from, and interviews with, local people.

The first recordings to be made available relate to the World War II bombing of Tupton, near Chesterfield, and the story of GHB Ward, a Holmesfield man who took part in a mass trespass on Kinder Scout in the 1930s. Two further trails have been made about the villages of Ashover and Holmewood.

The trails can be downloaded free from North East Derbyshire District Council's website - - onto mp3 players, iPods or mobile phones.

In total, 16 recordings will be produced over two years, including the history of Wingerworth, the story of Ashover Light Railway, George Stephenson's Clay Cross, and a wildlife walk through North Wingfield.

Council leader Graham Baxter said the area has a "strong and proud heritage".

"It is a district with many and varied stories to tell. This project brings fascinating stories to life," he said.

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