Bumper crowd, giant mural and the beginning of a long road journey at The Big One
THIS time tomorrow, David Harvey should be well on his way to Greece – behind the wheel of a Triumph Special 1360cc he built himself.
Mr Harvey, 75, used yesterday's busy Big One event in Chaddesden Park for some last-minute fund-raising before setting off on his 3,400-mile journey in aid of Help for Heroes.
Admiring motor fans inspected the vehicle, which former nurse and Royal Navy seaman Mr Harvey, of Alvaston, built to comfort himself after the death of his wife, Sheila.
He said: "I'm being sponsored for the journey, which will be via France, Switzerland and Italy to Kerkyra, in Corfu, and then back via Austria and Germany.
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"I will also be visiting the Thiepval Memorial on the Somme battlefield in memory of my grandfather, who was killed there. Ex-servicemen don't get a fair deal, which is why I am raising money for them.
"I'll have a photograph of my wife with me and will be returning to Greece for the first time since I scattered her ashes there in 2008."
Mr Harvey's car was one of many attractions at the annual Big One event, which this year was part of the city's Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
It is organised by the Friends of Chaddesden Park, Derby City Council, Derby Homes and Derby Live.
During the opening ceremony, Pete Meakin, of Derby Live, said: "This event is a tribute to the people of Chaddesden."
Derby Mayor Councillor Lisa Higginbottom added: "It's a great honour to be part of the Jubilee celebrations and I'm pleased that everyone came along to join in from the surrounding area."
Among the exhibitors was the Highfield Lane Allotments Association. Its members were selling plants, running a tombola and recruiting members for the 81 plots they run in Chaddesden.
Association chairman Walter Stone said: "The allotments have been there since 1920 and one of our members recently gave his plot up after 49 years.
"They are very popular and coming to The Big One helps us to raise money for charity and for equipment for the allotments. It's also good publicity for us."
People began to stream into the park as soon as the gates opened at 11am and, with sunny spells, the ice cream stands, food stalls and fairground rides were soon doing brisk business.
A full-scale fun-fair is also on Chaddesden Park for several days. Dad Warren Sandy, of Chaddesden, had his children Miles, three, and Isobel, two, with him. They wanted a ride on a roundabout. He said: "They both love going on the rides. We went on the fairground yesterday and they had great fun. It costs a fortune but it's a one-off."
On the side of the park's sports pavilion, two people were busy with aerosol cans creating a graffiti mural to mark the Jubilee.
It was all above board and organised by Derby Homes.
It is the third mural created officially on the park this year.
Carl Willis, Derby Homes community initiative officer, said: "We wanted to create something that young people could relate to and show that graffiti does not have to be anti-social."
Doing the design was Daren Reynolds, of Urban Art Workshops, assisted by Graham Scott.
He said: "Being commissioned to do this was great and it's good to know that the two days' work involved will stay here for a long time."
As well as live music from 12 bands, art exhibitions and dance displays, there was also a dog show.
Smokey won the veteran dogs' class – but had no competition.
The owner of the 10-year-old, Kathryn Hencher, of Chaddesden, said: "The children think it's great he won and that's what counts.
"We brought him along especially to enter him and were a bit surprised he was the only veteran dog entered, but he won some chews anyway."