Ilkeston - Markets
w/e 25 November 2007
this week's pictures were taken with a Kodak DX6490
There are usually three market days in Ilkeston each week beginning
with the Thursday market. Stalls are erected on the Lower Market
and also the main Market Place where at the Library end near
the Cenotaph the usual traders are joined by a flea market where
second hand goods can be traded.
On Fridays the market is confined to the Lower Market and although
there are regulars, the number of traders present varies from
week to week.
The fourth Friday of each month also sees a Farmers' Market outside
St Mary's Church. It is with some regret that I have to say that
only two, or at the most three, traders swell the ranks of the
usual traders on the Lower Market Place but the excellence of
their produce means that they are well supported.
The town's main market is held every Saturday and fills the whole
of the Market Place and the Lower Market. A large variety of
goods are on sale although in recent months the number of traders
seems to have decreased and there are often some vacant stalls.
- an opportunity for an eager entrepreneur perhaps.
This week the markets on all three days have been supplemented
by Ilkeston's first Continental Market which has been staged
on Bath Street with stalls stretching down beyond the Albion
And on Friday evening when the town's Christmas lights were switched
on, the Lower Market Place became the scene of another market.
This time the stalls were manned by local people from various
organisations and charities hoping to swell their funds. In previous
years this event has euphemistically been called a "Victorian"
market and some of the stall holders donned period garb but this
year on one of the coldest November days so far, they were all
wrapped up warm against the chill.