Monthly Archives December 2014

Derby Arena to host city’s pantomime after 2014 show cancelled

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A Christmas pantomime, which was cancelled because of a venue fire, will be hosted in city’s new velodrome next year, the council has said.

Derby’s 2014 performance of Beauty and the Beast was cancelled after the Assembly Rooms closed in March.

Aladdin will be the first entertainment booking at Derby Arena, which is due to start hosting events next month.

A decision is due to be made on whether to refurbish or demolish the Assembly Rooms next year, the city council said.

Council officer Peter Ireson said Derby’s pantomime was the most popular event in the city, with 50,000 people coming to see it each year.

“We’ve got over a decade’s experience of producing fantastic pantomimes and I just know with that iconic new building we can do something really special for Derby,” he said.

The 5,000...

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Flagship Derby velodrome project threatens to become a white elephant – reader’s letter

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By Derby Telegraph  |  Posted: December 18, 2014

Derby's velodrome – are councillors "spoiling the ship for a ha'porth of tar"? asks Chris Mills.

Derby’s velodrome – are councillors “spoiling the ship for a ha’porth of tar”? asks Chris Mills.

WHEN the city council’s highly paid consultants suggested a velodrome would meet Derby’s needs, there was much consternation.

How did they come up with that off-the-wall idea?

 Then came the wildlife protesters, and the outside track was dropped. The high-profile cycling venue for the people of Derby became a niche facility for the minority.

But we could still host world-class cycling events, which would draw big crowds. But there is very little permanent seating so, where would they all sit?

And then we’re told that the track isn’t up to world-class standards and will never be the place for the top cyclists to set world records.

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Dave Gretton, from Gedling, former chairman of Nottingham Track Cycling Association, is encouraged by new cycling facilities being built in the city.

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 The shiny new Derby Indoor Velodrome is to open in the new year, and this news nearly prompted me to start another rant about Nottingham’s continued neglect of cycling and lack of any facility since the surrender of the Harvey Hadden cycling track to the athletes back in 2003; when something prompted me to actually go and have a look at the current plans for the Harvey Hadden site.

When I arrived, and met old friend Perry the groundsman, it was amid frantic building works; and sure enough there was the sad sight of the old disused, desecrated and moss-covered cycle track, excavated for the athletes’ long-sought-after ‘Holy Grail’ of the mythical eighth running lane. But before I became too downhearted I was relieved, pleased even, to see the plan for the 1...

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