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Lancaster bomber flypast set to boost a town's popular classic vehicle event - UPDATE

Ilkeston's biggest one-day event will hit new heights this year when a historic plane will salute vintage vehicles on show - UPDATE

The Avro Lancaster bomber from the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight is scheduled to make a flypast over the town's Market Place on Sunday August 11 while the seventh Heritage and Classic Vehicle Show takes place.

The provisional time for the flypast over Ilkeston Market Place is 15.07, subject to weather and any other conditions. Any further updates will be published on the Ilkeston Heritage and Classic Vehicle Show Facebook page.

The appearance will be an added attraction for the show, organised by Erewash Partnership Events, which regularly attracts thousands of visitors and is second only in size to the annual historic charter fair which takes place over four days.

The event, from 10am-4pm,  allows local businesses to open for customers. Also set to benefit are the RAF Benevolent Fund, Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance and Ilkeston Rotary.

Ian Viles, chief executive of Erewash Partnership, said: “We are thrilled and honoured at the prospect of the historic Lancaster flying over the show. It will be an added attraction for what is a bumper family event.”

Roads around the Market Place will be closed to normal traffic as vehicles start to arrive. The closures will be in place from 5.30am to 6.30pm on Sunday August 11. Bath Street from Chapel Street to the Market Place, Wharncliffe Road from Albert Street and South Street from Coronation Street, plus Pimlico between New Lawn Road and Burns Street and East Street are the affected routes. Parking in Erewash Borough Council car parks is free on Sundays.


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