Excitement mounts as fair returns to town

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The popular Ilkeston Charter Fair is heading back to town.

One of the oldest and largest street fairs in Europe, it will see Ilkeston town centre again transformed into a colourful spectacle when the historic fair packs into the Market Place and surrounding streets for its 762nd year.

This year’s event runs from Wednesday October 15 until Saturday October 18 and will be given a ceremonial opening on Thursday October 16 – when the Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Kewal Singh Athwal, will ‘ring the bell’ to get the 2014 Charter Fair officially underway.

The traditional ceremony, which includes the reading of the 1252 Charter, takes place in front of the town hall and sees families and visitors gather round to join the showmen to officially welcome the fair.

Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s lead member for culture and leisure, said: “This historic event brings thousands of visitors into the town to enjoy the lovely atmosphere and to experience the thrills and excitement on offer at this celebrated street fair which stretches out across the town centre.

“We are always proud to welcome Ilkeston Charter Fair and watch as its transforms the centre into a colourful scene, while we all – both young and old – look forward to enjoying all the fun of the fair.”

During the fair the residents’ parking scheme will be suspended and a number of roads will be closed.