Review of 2013: Part two

Celebrating Ilkeston getting a train station.
Celebrating Ilkeston getting a train station.


HITLIST TO REVIVE TOWN CENTRE - Ilkeston shopkeepers united with one common goal to improve the ailing high street. The union came as a result of the Ilkeston independent Traders group first meeting.

WHAT FUTURE FOR VIADUCT? - Ambitious plans to transform the Bennerley Viaduct into a hiking and cycle track tourist attraction were announced but the charity behind them admitted it did not have the cash to put the plans into action.

BOSTON BLASTS SHOCK - Two Kirk Hallam fundraisers defiantly vowed to run the London marathon despite safety concerns after terrorists targetted the Bosoton Marathon just a week before.

CAMERON QUIZZED BY ‘TISER - Prime Minister David Cameron was quizzed about regeneration plans and the bid for a train station in the town when he payed a surprise visit to the area. Mr Cameron visited a local factory and chatted to workers as well as giving the Back on Track campaign his support.


PETITION PLEA TO PRIMARK - More than 1,700 people signed a petition calling on retail chain Primark to set up in Ilkeston and help fuel the revival of the town centre.

CORRIE STAR DENIES RAPE - Ilkeston-born Coronation Street star William Roache ‘strenuously denied’ allegations that he raped a 15-year-old gorl in the 1960s. The actor, who grew up on Heanor Road, was arrested at the beginning of the month.

BLAZE SPARKS EXPLOSIONS - A ‘dangerous’ blaze which destroyed a building in the former Stanton Ironworks saw 40 brave firefighters risk their lives to bring the flames and smoke under control.

STATION VICTORY - The green light was given for £6.5m new train station for Ilkeston after the ‘Tiser’s Get ilkeston Back on Track campaign.

FREE PARKING FOR SHOPPERS - Drivers were given the chance to park for free for up to two hours as Erewash Borough Council suspended charges between 8am and 10am on Monday - Saturdays.


NIGHTMARE AS FAMILY HOME CRACKS - A young couple told of how their lives were on hold after cracks appeared in the walls of their family home. Michael and Laura Bland were in dispute with home builders Taylor Wimpey over the depth of the new build’s foundations.

CROWDS FLOCK TO CARNIVAL - Ilkeston folk turned out in their droves for the town’s 23rd carnival. Five floats made up the parade and entertainment and activities were on offer at the Rutland Recreation Ground.

BABY IS PELTED WITH STONES- A 10-month-old baby was left with a swollen head after mindless yobs pelted him with stones in a sickening attack.

BLITZ ON ROGUE DRIVERS - Hundreds of drivers flouting laws which restrict cars using Bath Street were caught when police launched a crackdown.