Ilkeston - The Happening
w/e 14 July 2013
All this week's pictures were taken with a Kodak DX6490

It was the one of the hottest days of the year so far with temperatures pushing 28°C (82° F) when the Rotary Club staged their Midsummer Happening in Victoria Park on Saturday.

Rotary Club

The club had a large "Welcome" banner and a stall near the main entrance to the Happening where they were offering hot barbecued food but on a day like this cold drinks and ice cream might have been more tempting.
Civic Party

We visited the park in the late morning for several reasons. One was to get there before the crowds arrived in the afternoon; secondly to avoid the hottest part of the day and thirdly to observe the civic party arrive at the head of a cavalcade of classic vehicles just after mid-day.
Classic Car Trio

The cars parked up in the centre of the park and among them were these three. Unfortunately I didn't get the details for the top car in the trio but the middle one was labelled as a 1955 Studebaker Champion Regal which was imported to UK from New Jersey USA in May 2012 and the bottom one is a 1967 Ford Thunderbird.
Morris & Austin

Classic British cars including Morris and Austin models took advantage of the shade provided by the trees in the park. The Austin on the right reminded me of similar black model I drove for the company I worked for when I first learned to drive in the 1960s.
Children's Amusements

It wasn't all about classic cars though and near the bandstand there was plenty on offer to keep the children amused.
Tempting Offers

There were also tempting offers of candy floss, sweets, Grantham gingerbreads as well as a selection of toys and games for the children.
RAF Association

The main objective though of the Happening is to raise funds for various charities and these three youngsters at the Royal Air Forces Association stall proved that charity stalls can be just as popular with children as the amusements on site.

All of the charity stalls were not only raising money but, like the Treetops Hospice stall, were also providing information about their organisations. The Treetops stall was next the Erewash Sound who were broadcasting live from the park. The Erewash Sound bear who we last saw at the carnival in June was also present.
Ben's Den Bear

Another bear from the local bowling alley was lending his support to the Ben Parker Trust Fund and was collecting for Ben's Den, a local charity that provides holidays for children with cancer.
St John Ambulance

Many of the stalls including this one for the Ilkeston Branch of the St John Ambulance were manned and womanned by volunteers. In the afternoon, entertainment was provided around the bandstand by dancers and singers as well as music from Erewash Sound so although we were not present then, it should prove to be another successful day for the Rotary Club's Midsummer Happening.

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