If you arn't from "there" it can be a bad idea. I used to go out up there now and then with my younger brother, alot of folks knew him and was ok with the main faces in the town.
I'm talking maybe 10-15 years ago.
It's the same with some of the town's that are close by like Ripley, Heanor etc.
My accent is slightly different having lived in different areas, I'd apparently picked up a bit of a chesterfield accent, so it was useful and advisable to have him around. People might think I'm messing about, but it's very very locals only.