Ilkeston - 'Tis November
w/e 08 November 2015
All of this week's pictures were taken with a Kodak DX6490

It's been a week of foggy days, overcast skies, misty mornings and a lot of rain. Towards the weekend a strong wind blew in to bring more leaves off the trees but it's only to be expected. After all, 'tis November.

St Mary's Church

It has been unseasonably mild though - even the wind at the weekend was warm but earlier in the week this was the autumnal scene on the Market Place.
Planted Tubs

All the street furniture was recently removed for the annual Charter Fair but it has now been replaced and the tubs on the Market Placed have been filled and replanted with winter flowering pansies.

On one of the drier days of the week, there was a lot of activity near the Cenotaph with men working from cherry pickers and Council vehicles hauling trailers parked on the Market Place.
Cherry Picker

It is probably still a little early to be thinking seriously about Christmas but the switching on ceremony for the lights will be towards the end off November and before then, they all have to be erected and tested. The men in the cherry pickers were busy stringing the lights in the trees.

The ramp on the trailer behind one of the Council vehicles had been let down to enable more of those winter bedding plants to be unloaded and planted in time for the Remembrance services at the Cenotaph.
Bedding Plants

These still on the trailer were destined for the beds on either side of the Cenotaph.
Final Briefing

Aiding and abetting the Council' Green Space Team was a party of young gardeners from Chaucer Junior School and after a final briefing they began to help with the planting.
Hard At Work

With their help the beds were soon filled up and next week, the juvenile horticulturists will be on hand in Victoria Park to assist with bulb planting on the bank below the bandstand.

But all eyes were turned towards the Cenotaph on Sunday for the annual service of Remembrance.

At 11 o'clock the town centre fell silent as everyone present in individual acts of remembrance thought of the sacrifices made by countless numbers to protect our way of living.

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