Road upheaval ends in town

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Normality is being restored today in Eckington - where streets are being reopened following a year of roadworks.

Yorkshire Water and contractors BarhaleWSP have been working since the end of 2012 on a multi-million-pound flood defence scheme in the town centre.

In the project more than half a mile of pipework has been laid, while a storm water storage tank the size of an Olympic swimming pool has been installed.

Pedestrianised areas have also been spruced up on Market Street, with new block paving, kerbs, benches and plants provided.

A celebration event is happening from 5pm this evening in the town centre to coincide with the switch-on of Eckington’s Christmas lights, beginning with carols from local school choirs and children’s entertainment from a balloon modeller.

Kids have been invited to enter a fancy dress competition, judged by cartoon character Peppa Pig, who is doing the honours by turning on the illuminations.

Visitors can also browse stalls and see a display by the Chesterfield Canal Exhibition Unit.

North East Derbyshire MP Natascha Engel and long-serving shopkeeper Roger French are cutting the ribbon to reopen roads at 5.45pm.

Many shops are staying open until 7pm, as they compete for the title of ‘best-dressed shop window’.