Big events ready to wow

Ilkeston Erewash museum 1940s day. Johnny Victory 1940s entertainer.
Ilkeston Erewash museum 1940s day. Johnny Victory 1940s entertainer.

Visitors to Ilkeston town centre can take a trip down memory lane this weekend with two major Market Place events.

Thousands of people are expected to flock to Erewash Museum’s Swing Back to the 1940s event on Saturday and classic car enthusiasts will be in town for a vintage vehicle show on Sunday.

Home Front heroes, wartime cookery and music will be on offer from 11am - 3pm on Saturday as part of the museum’s popular annual event.

A remembrance service will be held at 3pm led by the Royal British Legion.

Cllr Mike Wallis said: “The event has proved an outstanding success with visitors over the last few years, attracting hundreds of people of all ages who have such a good time – and who immediately ask us when the next one is taking place.

“It’s fabulous forties fun and it’s free so come along and take a step back in time.”

Vintage vehicles will take their spots on the town’s Market Place on Sunday with an array of classic cars on show.

The event, organised by the Erewash Partnership was a huge success last year and event planners are expecting this year to be bigger and better.

As well as the more than 50 cars that will be on show, classic bikes, lorries and buses will also be driving into town.

Destination boards and bus stops will be set up to remind the older generation and show the youngsters who attend how the Market Place would have looked in the 1960s and 1970s.

Chief executive Ian Viles said: “After the success of last year’s show our sponsors and exhibitors insisted that we organise it again, so we are planning an even bigger event.”

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