Nottingham Forest to show off Championship play-off winners trophy during special celebration in city centre


Nottingham city centre will be brought to a near stand-still on Monday (May 30) as the Reds lift the Championship play-off winners trophy at the council house during a special celebration event. Nottingham Forest made it into the Premier League with a 1-0 win over Huddersfield during a Wembley showdown which will now go down in history.

Players and club officials will be showing off their new trophy on the Council House balcony as part of a lunchtime celebration from 12pm. A celebration event will begin in Old Market Square and feature comedian and lifelong Forest supporter Matt Forde and BBC Radio Nottingham commentator Colin Fray who will host the event.

Comedian and lifelong Forest supporter Matt Forde and BBC Radio Nottingham commentator Colin Fray will host the event, which will include interviews with the players before the trophy is raised aloft to the crowd below.

Read more: recap of the big Wembley showdown

The city council says the celebration falls on the first day of the school half-term holiday and is “designed to be a family event”. There is strictly no alcohol, flares or pyrotechnics and anyone caught with the latter may be subject to a club ban.

There will be road closures and diversions put in place, plus some temporary changes to bus services. Trams will not move through Old Market Square for a short time and services will terminate at Royal Centre and Nottingham Railway Station.

The affected bus services, between 10.30am and 2pm, are as follows:

Navy 1, 3 and 48

The stop named Beastmarket Hill will not be served.

Buses arriving in the City will follow normal routes to Maid Marian Way, continue to the top of Maid Marian Way, u-turn using the Derby Road roundabout and return down Maid Marian Way to bus stop M2 outside the Lighting Shop, where they will terminate.

Buses towards Clifton will start on Maid Marian Way, stop M2, outside the Lighting Shop.

Green 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11

Buses arriving in the City will follow normal routes to Victoria Centre.

Buses towards Trent Bridge will depart their Victoria Centre stop as normal and continue along the full length of Parliament Street, left Maid Marian Way to bus stop M1 outside Park Plaza Hotel, where they will resume normal route.

The stops named Angel Row will not be served. Use the Maid Marian Way stop as an alternative.

Lilac 24, 25, 26 and 27

Buses arriving in the City will follow normal routes to Pryzm / Confetti Campus on Lower Parliament Street then divert via right Glasshouse Street, left Huntingdon Street, left Woodborough Road, left Mansfield Road, Milton Street (set down at House of Fraser), left Lower Parliament Street to terminate at their Victoria Centre bus stops.

Buses leaving the City will start from their Victoria Centre stop on Parliament Street.

The King Street stop will not be served.

Orange 34, 35 and 36

Buses arriving in the City will follow normal routes to their Victoria Centre stop.

Buses towards QMC will depart their Victoria Centre stop as normal and continue along the full length of Parliament Street, stopping at the last stop nearest the roundabout, coded U4.Buses will then turn right at the roundabout, where they will resume normal route.

The stops named Angel Row will not be served.

Blue 39, 40, 41 and 42

Buses arriving in the City will follow normal routes to Pryzm / Confetti Campus on Lower Parliament Street then divert via right Glasshouse Street, left Huntingdon Street, left Woodborough Road, left Mansfield Road, Milton Street (set down at House of Fraser), left Lower Parliament Street to terminate at their Victoria Centre bus stops.

Buses leaving the City will start from their Victoria Centre stop on Parliament Street.

The Queen Street stops will not be served.

Red 43, 44

Buses arriving in the City will follow normal routes to Pryzm / Confetti Campus on Lower Parliament Street then divert via right Glasshouse Street, left Huntingdon Street, left Woodborough Road, left Mansfield Road, Milton Street (set down at House of Fraser), left Lower Parliament Street to terminate at their Victoria Centre bus stops.

Buses leaving the City will start from their Victoria Centre stop on Parliament Street.

The King Street stop will not be served.

Sky Blue 45

Buses arriving in the City will follow normal route to the House of Fraser stop then divert via right Shakespeare Street, left North Church Street, right Burton Street where they will terminate at the first stop alongside The Cornerhouse, coded T7.

Buses to Gedling will start from Burton Street, along The Cornerhouse, coded T7, then right South Sherwood Street, right Shakespeare Street, left Mansfield Road to normal route.

The Queen Street stop will not be served.

Navy 49

Buses arriving in the City will follow normal route to George Street.

Buses towards Queen Drive will depart the George Street stop as normal and continue along the full length of Parliament Street, left Maid Marian Way to bus stop M2 outside The Lighting Shop, where they will resume normal route.

The stop named Angel Row will not be served. Use the Maid Marian Way stop as an alternative.

Red 50

Buses arriving in the City will follow normal route to Victoria Centre

Buses towards Victoria Retail Park will depart the Victoria Centre stop as normal and continue along the full length of Parliament Street, left Maid Marian Way to bus stop M4 near The Salutation PH, where they will resume normal route.

The stop named Angel Row will not be served. Use the Maid Marian Way stop as an alternative.

Councillor David Mellen, for the Dales ward and leader of Nottingham City Council, said: “We are absolutely thrilled that Forest secured promotion – it means a huge amount to the city after more than two decades outside the top flight.

“On behalf of the Council, I’d like to congratulate Steve Cooper, his players and staff, the club’s board and owners, plus the wonderful supporters who travelled down to north-west London today in their thousands to represent our proud city. We must recognise Huddersfield, too, who played so well on the day.

“This is a huge moment for Nottingham. We said last week that, beyond the sheer pride and joy that promotion brings, having a team in the Premier League offers the local economy an estimated £120m boost.

“We expect it could lead to an extra 100,000 people coming to the city as visiting football fans, as well as an increase in national reputation helping to attract students applying to our two universities and people looking for holiday breaks, along with extra spend by Premier League club staff and players.

“But above all that, this is simply a wonderful moment for Nottingham and we hope many Forest supporters, their families and city residents are able to join the players outside the Council House tomorrow. For those who unfortunately can’t attend, the event will be live-streamed.”





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