Hope Cement Works celebrates 90 years of industrial service

Site hosts public open day to mark the occasion.


3 June 2019

Over two thousand people took time out on Saturday 1 June to visit Hope Cement Works in the Hope Valley in Derbyshire to celebrate the site’s 90th year of operations.

Breedon’s Hope Cement Works is the largest cement manufacturing operation in the UK and a major contributor to the local economy of the Peak District National Park.

The company hosted visitors of all ages from the local area and further afield, who enjoyed a closer look at the quarry and works. Entertainment included Punch and Judy shows, a birds of prey display, magicians, circus acts and donkey rides for the younger visitors; and works and quarry tours, including access to the works museum, which looks back over the 90 years of this iconic site. Also popular on the day were the historic vehicle and heavy machine exhibits and simulators and the Nunlow Locomotive – returning to the works for this special occasion.

Ed Cavanagh, works manager at the Hope site, said: “We are delighted that so many people came along to help celebrate our 90th year. The event was a huge success and we’ve received lots of positive feedback from visitors.

“Thanks to all the people who made the event so successful – both organisers and visitors. We’re very proud of the part we play in the lives and employment of people in the Peak District National Park.”

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