Ilkeston - Party In The Park
w/e 19 June 2016
All of this week's pictures were
taken with a Kodak DX6490
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 ....
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
A line of vehicles, one from each decade, showed how cars have
changed during the Queen's lifetime.
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.
The Ilkeston Baptist Church in conjunction with the Royal British
Legion were tasked with representing the 1940s.
The Arena Church swung through the 1960s.
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
The Elim Church gazebo was decked with bunting and flags, a common
sight of Coronation year in the 1950s.
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 Church at Kirk Hallam meanwhile were puzzling through
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.
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.