Thousands of visitors are expected to flood in to Ilkeston over the next two years as the biggest ever schedule of events is set to be approved.
In a move set to cost £34,000, events including two mini cinema screenings and farmers and antiques markets will take place in the Market Place.
To boot there will be the Ilkeston Hill Climb – a go-kart race up Bath Street, a choir competition and a celebration of National Armed Forces Day.
One event alone, in September, is hoped to bring hundreds of people into town.
After seeing classic car shows in town centres in Warwickshire and Leicestershire, Erewash Partnership chairman Ian Viles was inspired to bring one to our ‘fantastic’ Market Place.
“What you have got to try to do is open up the town to new visitors, do something a bit different,” he explained.
“I think Ilkeston has got a lot to offer, a very attractive Market Place, there’s still a lot of shop and the people are friendly and welcoming.
“Get people here and they will come back.”
This event will not be paid for out of council coffers but has been funded by supporters, including Ron Brooks and Granby Motors
Leader of Erewash Borough Coucnil Cllr Chris Corbett, set to vote in the plans as the ‘Tiser went to press, said: “I think it’s money well spent.
“The idea is that we increase the number of people coming into town which improves shops. It sounds very sensible.”