Ilkeston to host Shrove Tuesday speciality market

IIlkeston Market Place
IIlkeston Market Place

Ilkeston residents will be able to have a flipping good time at a new speciality market taking place on Shrove Tuesday.

Organised by Erewash Borough Council, the town’s first speciality market on February 17, will celebrate Pancake Day by offering free pancakes to shoppers from a professional crepe bar while a range of speciality foods, crafts and gifts from local producers will be showcased on stalls between 10am and 4pm.

The move is part of the council’s on-going programme to help boost business and regenerate Ilkeston town centre.

As well as the professional traders, there will also be five stalls manned by teams of students from local schools selling a range of gifts and edible treats. The students have been given the opportunity to try market trading through the Business Enterprise Erewash (BEE) project, jointly run by the borough council and Erewash Partnership, which gives local schools the chance to try trading for free on one of Erewash’s markets, together with a small grant to help with the cost of buying their stock.

Cllr Geoffrey Smith, the council’s lead member for regeneration and planning, said: “This is the first Tuesday market and it already promises to be a popular one, with lots of interest.

“We hope local people will show their support for the traders and the students - our next generation of Erewash entrepreneurs.

“The speciality market initiative is all about attracting more people into the town centre to support both the stallholders and the shops in Ilkeston.

“If this event proves popular, we will certainly look at holding more speciality markets in the future.”

Traders interested in attending the Shrove Tuesday market should call the council’s markets officer Kevin Lowe on 07890 283951 or email