‘Flipping’ Great News For Ilkeston Market!
Free pancakes and a range of food and gift stalls will celebrate Erewash Borough Council’s first speciality market in Ilkeston on Shrove Tuesday.
The special market on Tuesday 17 February 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 feature on stalls between 10am-4pm.
The move is part of the council’s on-going programme to help boost business and regenerate Ilkeston town centre through a wide range of initiatives.
Treats that will be available include sweet and savoury pies and pastries, cakes, homemade jams and preserves, speciality cheeses and locally produced honey.
The professional traders will also be joined by 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, which is run jointly by Erewash Borough Council and Erewash Partnership.
Through this scheme, students from local schools have 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.
Councillor Geoffrey Smith, Erewash Borough Council's Lead Member for Regeneration and Planning, says:
“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.”