A fun day on Hucknall High Street, to be held on Saturday from 10am to 4pm, will give a foretaste of the town centre’s future.
The so-called Bonanza event will take place on the section of High Street between the South Street junction and the Watnall Road junction, which will be closed to traffic for the day.
This part of the street will eventually be pedestrianised as part of Notts County Council’s regeneration scheme, which also includes the long-awaited inner relief road.
The Bonanza is being organised by the I Love Hucknall group in partnership with the County Council and Ashfield District Council.
During the day, at 2 pm, a new High Street business -- the Lighthouse charity shop -- will be officially opened by Coun Trevor Locke, a Hucknall Labour member of Ashfield Council.
A wide variety of attractions will include animals from White Post Farm at Farnsfield, a circus skills workshop and a bouncy castle.
Fourteen stalls will be set up along High Street and one of these will be run by Hucknall Rotary Club, which will also be in charge of first-aid and marshal traffic on the side streets.
The Red Lion pub will be holding an event of its own and the Sense charity shop will put on a special window display.
The Trent Barton company will bring a promotional bus and live music will be provided by a skiffle band. Hucknall Leisure Centre and Specsavers will have mascots wandering around.
Hucknall’s three Labour members of the County Council, Couns John Wilmott, John Wilkinson and Alice Grice, have been invited to take part in an official opening.
The chair of I Love Hucknall, Sandy Singleton, said she was delighted with the enthusistic response from businesses, community groups and churches, as well as support from the two councils.
Sandy stressed: “A thriving High Street is vital for the future of Hucknall. It is the jewel in our crown.
“We want to ensure that traders on the part of High Street between Watnall Road and Station Road are as much involved as possible.”