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Matlock Bath set for finale of PCC's countywide tour

Matlock Bath is poised to welcome Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa next week as he celebrates the completion of an ambitious county tour.

The Commissioner has been invited as a special guest to the legendary Matlock Bath Illuminations on Saturday, October 26 which will mark the final of his 383 visits to towns and villages across Derbyshire.

The event, which sees a spectacular parade of illuminated and decorated boats along the River Derwent, is the perfect setting to conclude the PCC’s epic journey, which has seen him travel to every corner of the county - as part of his #D383 tour.  

“What a pleasure it is to be invited to the wonderful Matlock Bath Illuminations to celebrate the final milestone on my #D383 tour.  I pledged to visit every town and village in county as part of my promise to cover rural, urban and suburban areas, and I have.” said Mr Dhindsa.

“This is one of the many fantastic events in the Derbyshire calendar showing passion and community spirit at its very best and I’m very proud to be invited along to share this experience with so many local people.

“The event represents a big day for me and I feel a great sense of personal pride at what has been achieved by listening to and acting on the thoughts and wishes of local people. I’m looking forward to celebrating with everybody next week and reflecting on what has been both a valuable and fruitful experience.”

The Commissioner will meet local residents, businesses and councillors at the Fishpond Pub in the village between 4pm and 5pm to discuss their views on crime before a walk around Matlock Bath with the new Divisional Commander for the area, Hayley Barnett, and local councillors until 6pm.

The PCC will give a short speech before the illuminations start at 6.15pm.

The Matlock Bath Illuminations are held for an eight-week period every year.

During the season, the Matlock Bath Venetian Boat Builders’ Association decorate themed models with an array of coloured lights. These are mounted on rowing boats and paraded on the River Derwent to crowds of visitors.

Shortly after being elected, the PCC pledged to visit every corner of Derbyshire during his four-year term to meet local people and help solve their community safety problems. He also invited community groups and events’ organisers to get in touch if they wanted to be a part of that journey.

He has listened to the concerns of residents the length and breadth of Derbyshire and, as initiatives such as the reinstatement and upgrading of Derbyshire Alert, and the increase in road safety programmes such as Community Speedwatch illustrate, he has acted upon those concerns.



Media Enquiries:   Sallie Blair - 01283 821012 / 07702 541401



Posted on Tuesday 15th October 2019
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