Ilkeston - 'Twas The Weekend Before Christmas ...
w/e 22 December 2002
.... And all through the town, shoppers were tracking those last
presents down. Yes, here on Bath Street all day on Saturday,
the local population was out in force making final preparations
The Market Place too was a hive of activity and the cold damp
weather did not act as much of a deterrent.
Traders on the Market Place were doing brisk business, the recipients
of presents from this stall no doubt to be heard muttering that
immortal phrase come Christmas Day of "Oh no, not socks
Greetings cards from Ilkeston and other local communities were
on display in a local newsagent's shop window amid jars of sweets
and boxes of chocolates although it's probably too late now to
catch the post for delivery before Christmas.
But not everyone was just out shopping. Many also made the time
to visit cemeteries and crematoria to leave holly wreaths in
memory of loved ones. This scene above of the tribute lined pathways
was at Markeaton Crematorium near Derby.
Amid all the hustle and bustle, hurly and burly, the reason for
all the festivities was not forgotten as many Carol Services
were held in local churches and chapels. Here the lights shine
out from the windows of St Helen's Church, Trowell below the
tastefully decorated tree in the churchyard on Sunday evening.