Ilkeston - On Parade
w/e 04 May 2014
All of this week's pictures were taken with a Kodak DX6490

Parades and processions through Ilkeston are not uncommon with annual events like the Carnival in June and the Christian Walk of Witness at Easter but to see two within a week is a little unusual.

Guard of Honour

St George's Day on April 23rd was celebrated on Sunday 27th with the annual parade and a service in St Mary's Church where standard bearers from the various different age groups of the Scouting movement provided a guard of honour.
The Parade

After the Sunday afternoon service, the groups lined up by the church wall to begin their parade.
Ilkeston Brass

The parade which marched down Market Street, along Coronation Street and then back up South Street into the Market Place was led by Ilkeston Brass.
St George's Day Parade

As the back of the procession was still marching up South Street the front was already lining up around the Market Place.


The Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Val Clare was then presented to the different groups. It was encouraging to see so many young people from the local area involved in the scouting movement.
One For The Album

As the parade was dismissed, one group found time for one last photo for the album as they posed for family and friends on the steps to the Memorial Garden.
Entry Into Market

The second parade of the week took place on Tuesday evening April 29th when another guard of honour lined up outside the Town Hall to welcome the East Midlands Reserve Forces and Cadet Association led by standards of the Royal British Legion into the Market Place from Wharncliffe Road.
Rifle Display Team

Like the St George's Day parade on Sunday there was another good turn out for this event and the assembled crowd was treated to an excellent performance by the 126 (City of Derby) Squadron Air Training Corps Rifle Display Team who received a resounding round of applause on completion of their routine.
Motorbike Display

These Tuesday evening images appear much brighter than it actually was and the street lights were already beginning to come on. This Motorbike Display Team who also provided some exciting entertainment criss-crossing at high speed across the Market Place also had their headlights switched on.
Royal Engineers Band

The Mayor and her deputy were again in attendance and enjoyed the main event of the evening, the Beating Retreat Ceremony by the Nottinghamshire Band of the Royal Engineers.
Beating Retreat Ceremony

All the displays were watched by a large number of people including invited guests that included HM Lord Lieutenant of Derbyshire Mr William Tucker and Mrs Jill Tucker. All the guests who had earlier attended a reception in the Town Hall were seated around the Cenotaph. Members of the public meanwhile sought every vantage point with many overlooking the proceedings from the Memorial Garden and the church wall.

Lowering The Flag

As the light faded the Royal Engineers continued the Beating Retreat Ceremony, playing The Last Post as the Union Flag was lowered followed by the National Anthem. The event was then brought to a conclusion as all the participants marched out of the Market Place back into Wharncliffe Road to rousing music from the Royal Engineers for dismissal.

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