Ilkeston - Remember November
w/e 09 November 2014
All this week's pictures were taken with a Kodak DX6490

"Remember remember the fifth of November, gunpowder, treason and plot." So begins the rhyme recalling Guy Fawkes and his compatriots and their 1605 plot to blow up the Houses of Parliament but that is not all we remember in this month of November.


On the first day of the month a ceremony of wreath laying and rededication of War Graves installed earlier this year by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission took place in Stanton Road Cemetery. The above is just one image from the event but more can be seen in this YouTube presentation: Rededication
Park Cemetery

There are also a number of War Graves at various places in the town's main burial ground at Park Cemetery. They can be easily spotted because of the distinctive shape and size of the headstones.
War Memorial

There is also a War Memorial near the main entrance to Park Cemetery and on Tuesday the 4th, children from Chaucer Junior School attended a remembrance ceremony with representatives of the Royal British Legion to lay simple crosses around the memorial.
Fireworks Shop

Those same children probably also enjoyed some Bonfire Night celebrations the following day if the bangs, whooshes, whizzes and pops from a multitude of fireworks heard were anything to go by. In fact the noise from fireworks has been heard all week and Bonfire "Night" has expanded to become Bonfire "Month" and even longer. When I was young bonfires were normally held on the 5th or maybe the nearest Saturday but these days there seems to be no limit to the number of days fireworks are let off and shops like this one on Nottingham Road must have done a roaring trade. I have no desire to spoil the fun but the expansion of the celebrations causes great concern to owners of traumatised pets over the extended period - I speak from experience!

The bonfire parties of course are commemorating a four hundred year old event but all week the Royal British Legion flag has been flying alongside the Union Flag on the Town Hall as we remember the fallen of two World Wars (and other conflicts) which is particularly poignant this year as it is the centenary of the start of World War One.

Also on the Town Hall above the Wharncliffe Road entrance is a large poppy as a tribute to the fallen.
Garden of Remembrance

The flag and poppy are temporary additions to the Town Hall but across the Market Place there is a permanent reminder in the Garden of Remembrance.
We Will Remember Them

In large letters around the memorial is the promise "We Will Remember Them".
Remembrance Sunday

On Sunday morning the Annual Service of Remembrance took place around the Cenotaph on the Market Place and a similar act of remembrance will be held on Armistice Day November 11th.

Remembrance Sunday

The Ilkeston people turned out in force again as the nation fell silent.
Christmas Display

So with Bonfire Night, Remembrance Day and Armistice Day all being in this month November truly is the month to remember and although we probably don't need reminding, it is also the prelude to Advent and Christmas and many shops have been reminding us of the fact - not that we need it - for many weeks now.

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