Ilkeston - Carnival Time Again
w/e 15 June 2014
All of this week's pictures were
taken with a Kodak DX6490
The weather stayed dry if not a little cloudy but
as can be seen from the panoramic view above of the recreation
ground, the Ilkeston people turned out in force to celebrate
the Lions' Annual Carnival again.
This images I've combined for the panoramic view were the last
to be captured on Saturday 14th but I'd started on Bath Street
just after 12:30pm watching as the parade led as usual by the
Long Eaton Militaires passed by.
The band was followed by a number of lorries populated by various
local groups, this one being the Disney themed entry for "Best
Float" by the Salvation Army's Parents and Tots.
After all the parade had passed I hot-footed it across town via
the back streets rather than pushing my way through the crowds
that had assembled in the town centre to take up another position
on Queen Street and awaited the arrival of the parade again.
Here I had a second chance to capture images of the floats as
they passed by like this one of the Mad Hatter's Tea Party by
the 8th Ilkeston Scout Group.
On the recreation ground there were lots more photo opportunities
as the floats lined up prior to the people on board disembarking
to enjoy the other attractions.
Despite it being the middle of the year, the 4th Ilkeston Scout
Group brought a touch of Christmas to the proceedings complete
with their own snow machine.
The joint beneficiaries of the Carnival which raises money for
local charities were the "Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide"
and the "Ben Parker Trust Fund". The Trust Fund provides
holidays in two caravans known as "Ben's Den" on the
Haven site at Mablethorpe for children with cancer. The costumed
character on the right above was raising awareness of "Ben's
Den" whilst the balloon salesman on the right was similarly
hidden behind a large quantity of his produce.
Many of the attractions were very similar to previous carnivals
including a range of classic vehicles but they still attracted
closer inspection from enthusiasts.
There were also a number of engines in operation like this one
which I'm reliably informed is a single cylinder Lister engine
running a water pump.
Every Carnival has to have its Queen of course and this year
that honour fell to fifteen year old Emmaleigh Syson from Kirk
Hallam who is pictured here outside the Event Control Point.
It was at the Event Control Point too that the cup was awarded
for the best float in the parade and these representatives from
the Salvation Army group were the proud winners holding the trophy