Mer­cia Ma­rina’s 10th

Derbyshire Life - - Event -

Thou­sands of vis­i­tors flocked to Mer­cia Ma­rina in Willing­ton to cel­e­brate its 10th an­niver­sary, en­joy­ing live mu­sic, stilt walk­ers, street per­for­mances, a boat pa­rade, face paint­ing and street magic. A re­cep­tion for those who have helped, sup­ported, con­trib­uted and driven the ma­rina for­ward over the years fol­lowed, with the cel­e­bra­tions cul­mi­nat­ing in a fire­work dis­play.

A new bronze sculp­ture called ‘Bird of Hap­pi­ness’ by Si­mon Gud­geon, was un­veiled as ‘a per­ma­nent marker of the foun­da­tion of the ma­rina in 2008.’ Mer­cia Ma­rina is now one of the largest in­land mari­nas in Europe and at­tracts over 800,000 vis­i­tors every year as well as be­ing the home to moor­ings for more than 600 boats and the lo­ca­tion of 27 pri­vately owned hol­i­day lodges.

Cllr Mar­tyn Ford, Leader of South Der­byshire District Coun­cil, ad­dresses the crowd in front of the re­cent­ly­completed Pi­azza build­ing


Face paint­ing with Stephanie Walsh

Ma­gi­cian Don Hardy shows a card trick

The evening ended with a giant fire­work dis­play

Fire dancer

Bub­ble Magic

Sculp­tor Si­mon Gud­geon with Cllr Mar­tyn Ford and John Thorn­ton, part­ner of Mer­cia Ma­rina

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