Christmas In The Towns - Both Sides Of The Erewash
w/e 16 December 2007
All this week's pictures were taken with a Kodak DX6490

Last week we looked at some Christmas images from Derby and Nottingham and now we can see some of the towns between the two cities that lie on either side of the Erewash Valley.

Market Place, Heanor

We'll start our tour to the north of Ilkeston on Heanor Market Place where the town's Christmas tree stands directly opposite the Town Hall. The building has stonework above the door showing the date 1867 and above that a more temporary addition is a red Santa figure aboard a silver sleigh. To the right of the Town Hall another old building now operates as a bank.
Nottingham Road, Eastwood

From Heanor we move to the east across the River Erewash and into Eastwood in Nottinghamshire, birthplace of author D, H, Lawrence. Here the main street is strung with multi-coloured lights and a lonely little tree near the town centre. There is a much larger tree on the way out of town towards Hill Top and Giltbrook. This picture was captured outside Thorntons' shop and I'm sure many people will be waking up on Christmas Day to find a box of their famous chocolates or toffee among their presents.
James Street, Kimberley

The next stop on our tour of the towns is a little further to the east in Kimberley. A couple of years ago Broxtowe Borough Council agreed to enhance a small area at the junction of Newdigate Street and Main Street and rename it Toll Bar Square (left). This is where at the moment the town's Christmas tree stands (right) and James Street, the narrow one-way street directly opposite Newdigate Street, is probably the most decorated street in the town with garlands and lights strung across from side to side. Notice also the string of Santas climbing the wall of the house on the left.
Long Eaton Town Centre

Moving back into Derbyshire across the Erewash but now to the south of Ilkeston, the low afternoon sun casts long shadows across Long Eaton town centre where the Christmas tree appears to be listing to the right in order to catch the last of the warmth in the sun's rays. Pigeons on the rooftops bask in the sunlight and more scrape out a living searching for scraps around the seats in the town centre.
Memorial Square, Stapleford

All of the above images were captured on the same day and this one of the Walter Parker VC Memorial Square in Stapleford was one of the last of the day. It was much darker than it appears in this image with the sun almost down below the horizon but apart from the lights on the tree, the only other decorations in the town were confined to small motifs on most of the lighting columns. The Memorial Square, similar to the one in Kimberley, is a fairly new feature having been opened on 1st August 2000. Lance Corporal Walter Parker VC, a former resident of Stapleford was awarded the Victoria Cross in recognition of his bravery in Gallipoli in 1915.
Bath Street, Ilkeston

Another day, another town and this time, decorations are strung between the buildings again but this one should be more easily recognisable as it shows the top of Bath Street in Ilkeston. The vans in the foreground show that it is a market day and there are plenty of shoppers about taking advantage of the fine, if cold weather. No doubt one or two of them also took up the invitation of the placard at the bottom right of the picture to partake of the Christmas dinner on offer in The Observatory.

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