The cancellation of landmark events in Erewash which attract thousands of people – including the historic Ilkeston Charter Fair – was confirmed by Full Council at an Extraordinary meeting of Erewash Borough Council on August 27.

Other events which have been cancelled for this year include:

  • Erewash Bonfire and Fireworks Display at West Park in Long Eaton.
  • Long Eaton’s Chestnut Fair
  • Christmas Lights switch-on events in both Ilkeston and Long Eaton town centres
  • Christmas Eve Carol Service in Ilkeston Market Place.
The major events are being cancelled in the interest of public safety and in line with safety advice on mass gatherings and the 'red risk' they pose for the spread of coronavirus.

Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:

“These are extremely difficult decisions but the safety of all has to be our number one priority. I can assure residents that the cancellation of events is not taken lightly but the recommendation and advice is absolutely clear and agreed by everyone involved – that the safety of the public would be at risk.

“So while it is disappointing, I am sure that everyone will understand the reasons. It has been an unprecedented year, but we look to 2021 with optimism and hope that we will be able to welcome back this borough’s historic Charter Fair and our many other events.”

The Remembrance Sunday wreath-laying events in Ilkeston and Long Eaton are expected to go ahead on 8 November but with restrictions on attendance and no parades or church services beforehand.

The council worked with Derbyshire County Council’s public health team and also consulted with the Showmen’s Guild Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Mid and South Lincolnshire Section during the summer. Its chairman confirmed that, while disappointed, they had no objection to the cancellation and sent their best wishes to the council with the message that they look forward to returning for next year’s Ilkeston Charter Fair.