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Ilkeston - Fifties Day
w/e 26 June 2022

All of this week's pictures were taken with a Nikon D3300

For the third time in six weeks the Erewash Museum threw open its doors and invited everyone to another special event. This time, after the Viking Takeover and the Steampunk Extravaganza, we were invited to a Fifties Day which promised a celebration of the decade the Queen was crowned.

Fifties Day Opening

The Mayor of Erewash, Councillor John Sewell, was paying a return visit to the museum to open the event after which he demonstrated his dancing skills to some recorded rock'n'roll music. Johnny Victory had been scheduled to appear but ill health forced him to cancel.
Ford Prefect

There were a number of classic cars from the 1950s on display like this Ford Prefect.
Classic Cars

Four more classic cars were parked in front of the museum and included a 1955 Ford Anglia on the right which had been purchased from the Premier Garage on Market Street in Ilkeston on July 19th of that year for the princely sum of £550.
Austin A30

The fourth car was an Austin A30 Saloon also from 1955. It has been owned by its current owner for 27 years and was fully restored 25 years ago. With the bonnet open the engine looked in pristine condition and as if it had just come out of the showroom.
1950's Shop

One of the rooms inside the museum is permanently bedecked as a 1950's shop with many items that would have been on sale back then.


But for this event, another room in the museum also had a temporary display of retro clothing, handbags, gloves and shoes, all of which were available for sale.

The display also included an array of hats that would have been commonplace in the decade.


Fifties style fashion was also being worn by several people in the grounds of the museum.
On The Lawn

A good crowd gathered on the lawn after lunch and although Johnny Victory was absent, all those present enjoyed the live music. Some even got up and danced on the lawn.
Cranberry Flick

Cranberry Flick was the name of the group providing the live music.

The vocalist was backed by a brass section, percussion and keyboard player.

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