Following the signing of the Versailles Peace
Treaty on 28 June 1919,
Lord Downham announced in London that the British Government had
decided upon Saturday July 19 as the day for the national celebration
of victory and peace.
King George V subsequently held a Privy Council meeting at Buckingham
Palace and a proclamation was signed appointing the day
as a Bank Holiday and public holiday throughout the United Kingdom.
Many beacons and bonfires were to be lit across the county on Peace
Celebration night and
those ex-servicemen who still had their unforms were permitted to
wear them if they wanted to. Many communities held their own celebrations
and, according to
The Times, "Great
Britain was beflagged from end to end, and there were everywhere
illuminations and fireworks".
Separate events were held in Matlock, Matlock Bath, Scarthin,
Starkholmes and Riber. Matlock Bath's Peace Celebrations Committee
placed an advertisement in the Derby paper giving notice that the
restaurants & business
premises in Matlock Bath would be closed on July 19th and that
intending visitors should make their arrangements accordingly.
The village would have been very busy as both Matlock Bath's and
Scarthin's demobbed soldiers and their wives could attend a lunch
Once the the official lunch was over the programme arranged
for Scarthin residents to enjoy, shown here, was slightly different
from that for Matlock Bath's inhabitants. Scarthin's children were
to assemble on the Promenade in Scarthin (see image below), whilst
a general procession of Matlock Bath's inhabitants assembled at
the Station Bridge at around the same time.
H. Biddulph [Harold?] was the secretary for the Scarthin festivities
and W. E. Smith, a local stationer, printed the programme of events.
Although the programme doesn't say so, Charles Beresford records
that the main events for Scarthin residents took place on Cromford
Meadows and the children's tea was held in the Mount Tabor Chapel.
Matlock Bath and Scarthin Nick Urban District Council met the
cost of celebrations for both communities out of the rates although
they did not pay for the lunch, which had been financed by donations
from the residents.
General Programme of the day's events for Scarthin's
Scarthin's Sports Programme
There are two reports about Masson
Mill and Matlock Bath. See Matlock
Bath & Scarthin Newspaper