Ilkeston - Carnival 2018
w/e 10 June 2018
All of this week's pictures were
taken with a Kodak DX6490
I'm sure many people were disappointed when they
learned that there would not be a street parade with all the
usual floats in this year's carnival. Previously crowds have
gathered in the town centre to watch the parade and then swarmed
down to the recreation ground following the procession to enjoy
the entertainment. First impressions this year was that after
a slow start the crowds did gather for the event but attendance
figures will probably be lower than previous years. On the bright
side though the carnival did go ahead unlike last year when bad
weather caused its cancellation and I'm sure that those that
did go had a very enjoyable afternoon.
A small fair had been set up with roundabouts, trampolines, slides
and other amusements for children.
Erewash Sound, the local radio station complete with photo frame
carrying mascot were in attendance.
And there was a large array of charity stalls. I could have chosen
any one of a multitude of stalls to illustrate this but opted
for this one raising funds for Guide Dogs.
There were several other animal charities there including Fresh
Start for Hens, a not for profit organisation that rehomes hens
rescued from commercial egg production and a Parrot Rescue organisation
with one particularly laid back bird pictured above.
Ilkeston Theatre Company had a stall with photos from previous
productions and they were also using theatrical makeup to apply
various face painting designs for a steady stream of children.
Three young ladies who are taking part in a World Challenge were
raising funds to enable them to join an expedition to Swaziland
in 2019 where they will take part in a trek and work on a project
in the local community. They need to raise nearly £3000
each to fund the project and were hoping to raise money by selling
lots of their homemade sweets and cakes. As the saying goes "Every
A large selection of vehicles parked in front of the pavilion
including this old Police Car provided a foretaste of the Classic
Car Show that is to be held in the town centre later this year
and proved interesting to many adults.
Youngsters meanwhile were more interested in the Go Kart circuit
where they could test their driving skills and race against each
In the Main Arena there were various performances throughout
the afternoon including a gymnastic display by young girls.
And not to be outdone, boys put on an impressive tumbling display.
So a good time was had by all but it's to be hoped that the Lions
Club who organised the carnival can build on his year's success
and plan for a restoration of the street parade next year.