Ilkeston - A Weekend To Remember
w/e 12 November 2017
All of this week's pictures were taken with a Kodak DX6490

We Will Remember Them

With Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday falling on consecutive days this year and it being 100 years since the Battle of Passchendaele which took place between July and November 1917, it was truly not only a weekend of Remembrance but also a weekend to remember. On display on the railings around the Cantelupe Centre overlooking the Garden of Remembrance all through the weekend was poppy artwork that had been produced by children from the Cantelupe Pre-School Group. They're never to young to be taught of the sacrifices made by the ancestors.

Lower Market

Saturday, Armistice Day, was market day and Army Cadets were out in force supporting the Poppy Appeal. Some can be seen here towards the left on the Lower Market Place.
Poppy Appeal

There were more on Bath Street collecting funds to support the Armed Forces community, past and present.
Market Place

It was heartening to see people going out of their way to approach the Cadets to donate to the appeal but as 11 o'clock approached they all started to gather on the Market Place.
Act of Remembrance

There they joined veterans, members of the Royal British Legion and the general public around the Cenotaph for a short Act of Remembrance.
Wreath Laying

The market came to a standstill to observe the silence when the church clock chimed the hour after which a single wreath was laid.
Remembrance Sunday

On Remembrance Sunday as the town community gathered outside St Mary's a Service of Remembrance took place inside at which the Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Derbyshire, the Mayor of Erewash and local Councillors were welcomed. The congregation then processed across the Market Place to the Cenotaph.

They were joined there by the Royal British Legion, veterans and representatives of various groups and organisations who paraded up South Street led by Ilkeston Brass.

A large number of the Ilkeston population gathered in the Market Place to pay their respects and the two minute silence at 11 o'clock was impeccably observed.
The Cenotaph

Another Service of Remembrance led by Revd. Cliff Winfield, Chaplain to the Ilkeston Branch of the RBL and Revd. Christine French, Mayor's Chaplain took place and an Act of Homage was performed by the President of the Ilkeston Branch of the RBL.

Wreaths were laid by representatives of the many organisations present and the service was brought to a close with the National Anthem. The parade then departed the Market Place to rousing applause from the community to show their appreciation for the men and women who gave their lives for their country not only in the two World Wars but also all the conflicts since. Yes We WILL Remember Them.

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