Ilkeston - Switched On
w/e 23 November 2003
A foggy November evening did not deter the crowds turning out
in force this week to witness the arrival of Santa Claus on the
Town Hall balcony.
Moments later the scene was transformed as the Christmas lights
were switched on.
Santa then descended to distribute some early treats to the many
He was accompanied by a rather tall fairy with blue hair and
a walking Christmas tree. These two young ladies were actually
stilt walkers and getting a reasonable photo of them proved quite
difficult. The use of the flash on the camera resulted in the
moisture in the atmosphere being illuminated and the images looked
as though they had been taken in a snow storm. Also it was not
easy for the stilt walkers to stand perfectly still so focusing
was a problem too and the two images above were about the best
I could get.
As well as the stilt walking Christmas tree there was a more
traditional, albeit temporary, one close by decked out in white
lights. Coloured lights adorned other permanent trees in the
As the temperature dropped the fog semed to get thicker but as
we started to wend our way home, a look back showed the lights
doing their best to peer through the gloom.