AS I STAND at the Long Eaton marketplace, there is a sense of excitement in the air almost as tangible as the fresh produce on display. Today is Long Eaton market day and in the early morning sun, stall holders are arriving and noisily setting up their pitches. While the town is covered by the Nottingham postcode, it is actually in the Erewash district of Derbyshire, situated just off junction 25 of the M1.
Although Long Eaton lies directly on the route to popular tourist destinations in Derbyshire and beyond, it is often overlooked by those passing by.
While now generally seen as part of the conurbation situated between the cities of Nottingham and Derby, Long Eaton has its roots in agriculture. This agricultural heritage can still be seen on its market days which run on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
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