It’s been a year of ups and downs for Ilkeston. Train station victory was followed by Co-op closure misery, the killers of dad-of-six Mick Moss were jailed for a combination of 31 years, plans were announced to rejuvenate the town’s ailing high street and ‘Tiser readers did their bit for community spirit by donating hundreds of tins, jars and packets to the Arena Food Bank following our Feed Our Families campaign.
Here’s a look back at the biggest stories of the past 12 months.
ARISE SIR DAVE - The year kicked off with great news for Ilkeston’s Olympic hero Dave Brialsford who was named on the New Year’s Honour’s List.
The 48-year-old coach became a Sir thanks to his efforts and involvement with Team GB’s cycling success at London 2012.
KNIFE-RAID TERROR AT POST OFFICE - The new owners of Trowell Post Office had an unexpected welcome when a knife-wielding raider burst in the day after they took over.
‘I FEAR FOR MUM’ - Concerns over care home closures also featured on the front page after Derbyshire County Council announced cuts.
AXE BOMBSHELL FOR CO-OP STORE - Ilkeston was in shock after it was announced that the landmark department store was to close with the loss of dozens of jobs.
TRAIN STATION HOPES ON TRACK - The ‘Tiser’s Back on Track campaign was given a massive boost when it was announced that a new £20m cash pot could hold the key to funding a new station in the town.
MURDER PROBE: FOUR IN COURT - Four suspects were charged in connection with the death of Ilkeston dad-of-six Mick Moss who was found injured at his Canal Street home on Januray 30. He died later that night.
IRONWORKS PLAN REVEALED - A landmark planning application to transform the derelict and redundant former Stanton Ironworks has been submitted this week. The proposal could change the face of the borough forever.
HORROR FALL FROM VIADUCT - A 27-year-old mum was left with life-threatening injuries after a horror fall from the Bennerley viaduct. She was found by a dog-walker and has undergone surgery at the Queen’s Medical Centre.
STAB ATTACK ON BEST PAL - A 20-year-old Ilkeston man started his six year sentence for stabbing his best friend three times with a kitchen knife. James Waterall stabbed Terry Wheatley on June 9 2012 and was sentenced at Derby Crown Court.
HELP BREATHE LIFE INTO TOWN - An ambitious campaign was launched by Erewash Borough Council in a bid to boost Ilkeston town cente, fire businesses and entice shoppers. £250,000 of funding was ringfenced for the scheme.
SHOPKEEPER STABBED IN BOTCHED RAID - A shopkeeper was stabbed in a frenzied attack during a failed robbery. The 61-year-old was attacked at Sue’s Off Licence on the corner of John Street and Station Road.
ON VERGE OF TRAIN STATION VICTORY - Ilkeston was announced as one of three front runners to win millions of pounds worth of government cash to open a train station.