Matlock Bath Illuminations cancelled because of flood

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The parade of decorated boats on the River Derwent is the event's centrepiece

An illuminations event, which draws thousands of visitors, has been called off because rain has made the river "too dangerous".

It is the final weekend of the Matlock Bath Illuminations, which involves a flotilla of hand-decorated boats lighting up the River Derwent.

Organisers cancelled shows on Saturday and Sunday for the first time in 18 years after the river burst its banks.

They said water levels were subsiding but not quickly enough.

Ticketholders will received full refunds and the fireworks finale will still go ahead.

River in flood

Here's what the landing stage looked like in Derwent Gardens this morning :(. In case you've missed the news, tonight's Illuminations are cancelled and we'll make a decision on tomorrow's scheduled event at 10am on Sunday. Unfortunately the forecasters were right and the river is currently at flood levels and far too dangerous for our boats to parade as planned this evening. The boats are the centrepiece of every Illuminations so it is with great regret that we have to cancel tonight's entire event - the first time this has happened in 18 years. The funfair, which is a fixed attraction, will however be open this evening and entry to the grounds will be free of course, but our advice to any visitors is to stay well clear of the river, which is in flood. Everyone who has pre-booked will get full ticket refunds. This will happen automatically in the next few days. Please note it is not possible to transfer Saturday tickets to Sunday, and we won't know until 10am tomorrow if we can reopen ticket sales for Sunday. Tomorrow is however looking more positive. The forecast is for a dry, sunny day, with river levels predicted to reduce. We will make a decision at 10am tomorrow on whether the final night of the 2019 Illuminations goes ahead and will make a timely announcement here. Our sincere apologies for any inconvenience and thank you for your understanding.

Posted by Matlock Bath Illuminations on Saturday, October 26, 2019
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The event dates back to 1897 and runs every weekend between the beginning of September and the end of October.

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