The Pavilion ballroom, where dances were
held on Saturday nights. Within these walls romance
blossomed for many locals; it was to be the meeting
place for two couples closely related to the web mistress.
In the fifties they would jive along to the likes of Shane
Fenton and the Fentones, who were amongst the bands who performed
live. Ron Farrell is believed to have been a regular here
and so were the "Teen Scenes". Dudley Smith, whose father
ran the petrifying well, was one of the group.
It was also the venue for concerts and plays. Visiting theatre
groups performed here and ballet companies also came in the
post war period (i.e. after 1945). As a young girl I remember
Matlock Bath school taking us to see Coppelia, for example,
and other school groups were also taken to see the shows.
The final concert of the post war Musical Festivals was also
performed at the Pavilion. What more could you want? Romance
and culture all under one roof.
This picture dates from the inter war period and the ballroom
is decorated with a mixture of patriotic flags and bunting
for some kind of celebration. Music stands are set up on
the stage. So it was possibly decked out for a post war celebration,
a Christmas concert or similar event.