Ilkeston - Party In The Park
w/e 19 June 2016
All of this week's pictures were taken with a Kodak DX6490

Queen's 90th leafletQueen's 90th leafletAfter Ilkeston's Carnival on Saturday 11th June on the Rutland Recreation Ground the action moved to Victoria Park on the Sunday of the same weekend when events were held up and down the country to celebrate HM Queen Elizabeth II's 90th birthday. The changeable weather continued, rain was never very far away and although there were invitations to "bring a picnic" it was hardly the weather to be sitting on wet grass. The weather certainly didn't put a damper on the programme of events jointly organised by Erewash Borough Council and all the Ilkeston Churches who joined forces to celebrate with a ....

Party In The Park

Work has begun in the park financed by the Heritage Lottery Fund and the bandstand has been removed as part of the refurbishment process but a bouncy castle and a number of gazebos stood all around its location.


The party began with a parade of local uniformed groups through the park.

A line of vehicles, one from each decade, showed how cars have changed during the Queen's lifetime.
Christ Church - 20s

The churches too each took responsibility to portray a time period of the Queen's 90 years. Ladies from Christ Church Cotmanhay and Shipley donned 1920s' costumes.
Baptists - 40s

The Ilkeston Baptist Church in conjunction with the Royal British Legion were tasked with representing the 1940s.
Arena - 60s

The Arena Church swung through the 1960s.
St Mary's - 70s

But did we really adopt this fashion as featured by St Mary's Church in the disco years of the 1970s. Yes I think we actually did.
Elim - 50s

The Elim Church gazebo was decked with bunting and flags, a common sight of Coronation year in the 1950s.
URC - 30s

A display of 1930s memorabilia including a wedding dress featured in the United Reformed gazebo although I don't believe a Union Flag top would have featured in many wedding photos of the period.
All Saints - 80s

All Saints Church at Kirk Hallam meanwhile were puzzling through the 1980s.
Johnny Victory

Ilkeston Brass provided musical entertainment throughout the afternoon as did Johnny Victory who sang a selection of songs including some of the Queen's favourites.

Collage of other views & displays

Other displays featured the Church of the Nazarene's 1990s gazebo and the 2000s onwards were covered by the Ilkeston Methodist Church. Derbyshire Scouts also had a display and the party was brought to an end with a short open-air Service of Thanksgiving for the life of the Queen and some patriotic singing.

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