Celebrate the fair’s 760th birthday!

NILA 16-10-12 BE 5 Setting up Ilkeston fair.
NILA 16-10-12 BE 5 Setting up Ilkeston fair.

Ilkeston has been transformed into a wonderland of fun and games, scary rides and tasty treats as the fair rolls into town a 760th time.

The Charter Fair kicks off today, but as always, the Mayor of Erewash will officially launch one of the biggest and oldest street fairs in Europe from the front of Ilkeston Town Hall tomorrow (Thursday).

The original 1252 Charter will be read out by council chief executive Jeremy Jaroszek just before Mayor Cllr Jennifer Hulls sounds the bell to open the fair at 12noon.

Cllr Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s lead member for culture and leisure, said: “Ilkeston is rightly proud of its historic Charter Fair which brings tradition, colour, fun and spectacle to the town.

“It is a very special event for local people and for the thousands of visitors who return year after year.”

Residents’ parking schemes in the town centre will be temporarily suspended until Saturday, affecting parking in and around St Mary’s Street and Queens Drive.

South Street, Queen Street, Wharnecliffe Road, Bath Street, Market Place, East Street and Pimlico have all been closed to traffic.

Town centre car parks, including Pimlico and Gregory Street, have also been shut to make way for rides, stalls and fair vehicles.

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