Local People

While tales and folklore pass through generations, technology too can reconnect us to our county’s past

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After 11 hugely successful years, Willie Tucker reflects on his time in office

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England’s counties have given the world notable characters who have changed the course of history. Derbyshire is no exception.

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Eighty years to the month since the Battle of Britain, Derbyshire’s brave are remembered.

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Derby County favourite Jake Buxton on his Rams career and a move into management

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The historian and best-selling author discusses her latest novel and her affinity to Derbyshire

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Two years later they would play to over 55,000 fans at Shea Stadium. Yet on a magical evening in 1963, the Beatles belonged to Buxton.

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Martin passed away on 16th April through complications attributed to coronavirus at the age of 93, on his 65th wedding anniversary and one month short of his 94th birthday.

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The day the sleepy villages of New Mills and Hayfield faced up to a terrifying and unexpected foe - two German bombers.

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Across Derbyshire we continue to be indebted to key workers across many sectors. Here, we talk to six of them about their experiences.

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Pat Ashworth talks to the former Deputy MD of Toyota Manufacturing UK who was installed as High Sheriff of Derbyshire for 2020/21 on 2nd April

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Local novelist Joanna Courtney’s eagerly awaited novel Iron Queen will be published later this year. Catherine Roth meets the author.

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Derbyshire cricketing star Leus du Plooy looks forward to the new season, when he will also be playing for the Welsh Fire squad in the new Hundred tournament starting this July.

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David Greaves ‘a zest for life that was infectious’. Mike Smith reports

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Ruth Downing meets Jamie Burns, the Chesterfield-born author of a novel set in Victorian London.

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Martyn Baguley remembers William Mudge (1762-1820), one of the founding figures of the Ordnance Survey, on the 200th anniversary of his death.

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Robert Largan won the seat for the High Peak in the 2019 general election.

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The Derbyshire-born comedian who found fame, but never forgot his roots

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After a career in fashion Pentrich-born Jayn Sterland returned to her roots and is now Managing Director of Weleda UK – the world-renowned producers of natural cosmetics and pharmaceuticals. Catherine Roth catches up with her at the Ilkeston headquarters

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Dr Gareth Williams, British Museum curator and expert on the history and archaeology of the Vikings and of Tutbury Castle, advised on a recent case concerning the illegal break-up of a Viking hoard of ‘national importance’. Pat Ashworth reports.

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