The Mayor of Derby, Councillor John Whitby, hosted a civic reception on Friday afternoon to celebrate the 40th anniversary since the Queen’s visit to present the letters patent conferring city status in 1977.

Some 60 guests attended the reception at the Council House including a number of City Council employees who have served the authority for 40 or more years.

The Mayor told his guests:

We have so much to be proud of about our city, whether it’s our rich industrial heritage, our fantastic cultural organisations or the diversity of our communities. So let’s use this opportunity to sing Derby’s praises.”

Among the speakers was Devon Daley, the radio presenter and DJ who is a passionate Derbeian.

After the reception, guests were due to walk to Derby Cathedral to hear a peal of bells to mark the occasion.

The peal was due to begin at 6pm and to end at 9.30pm, and involved 10 bellringers – without a break – ringing constantly for the duration.

The Mayor explained:

I’m delighted that the bells of Derby Cathedral will ring out to mark the 40th anniversary. Prior to 1977 Derby had been one of the few towns in England with a cathedral but not city status and so a joyous peal of bells feels a very fitting way to celebrate this civic milestone.”