Ilkeston - A Weekend To Remember
w/e 12 November 2017
All of this week's pictures were
taken with a Kodak DX6490
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.
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.
There were more on Bath Street collecting funds to support the
Armed Forces community, past and present.
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.
There they joined veterans, members of the Royal British Legion
and the general public around the Cenotaph for a short Act of
The market came to a standstill to observe the silence when the
church clock chimed the hour after which a single wreath was
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.
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.