Ilkeston - Flying
The World Cup Flag
w/e 11 June 2006
this week's pictures were taken with a Kodak DX6490
As the World Cup Finals get under way in Germany, there is no
shortage of national fervour back home in England. On the Friday
market in Ilkeston it was easy to get all things football, including
trainers, footballs, shorts, shirts, flags and banners. On this
stall there were also cream zip-up jackets with red lettering
for only a fiver but in the hot weather, I would imagine sales
of these would have been rather slow.
At the other end of the market supporters of the national team,
both men and women, could complete their outfits with a selection
of underwear all bearing the colours of St George and emblazoned
with the name 'England'.
As would be expected many of the town's pubs like the 'Moon and
Sixpence' in the Market Place have notices and placards promising
'live' coverage, in this case, on '3 Plasma Screens' with the
exhortation to 'Bring It On'.
Motor vehicles too are to be seen all over the place with flags
flying from the windows as a gesture of support for our players
in Germany. Most cars have one or two emblems fluttering away
but I spotted this one with four.
And of course many people have gone to town and decorated their
homes too. But what's this? A bit of friendly rivalry if I'm
not mistaken as the occupants of two properties that face each
other in the same road are sporting different flags. Whether
sporting competitions though between England and Australia can
ever be called friendly is probably open to debate but if quantity
is anything to go by, I think England has won this one.
When it comes to friendly rivalry though, I'm not quite sure
about this one. The Spanish Bar in South Street is bedecked with
the flags of St George and is obviously supporting England. My
problem is I've got Spain in the sweep but putting that to one
side all I can do is to echo the sun shield in a neighbour's
car - 'Come On England'.