Ilkeston - Christmas Lights
w/e 07 December 2003
When the lights were switched on a couple of weeks ago, it was
a foggy evening and they didn't show up too well. Since then
clearer nights have enabled the lights to be seen to much better
effect. Here from the bottom of Heanor Road, the strings of lights
climbing the hill up Bath Street to the Market Place make quite
an impressive view to anyone approaching the town from the north.
This animated display across Wharncliffe Road between the Co-op
and the Town Hall shows the Christmas Cracker being pulled apart
to reveal a waving snowman.
Outside the festively decorated library, the town's main Christmas
tree stands at one end of the Market Place. A carol service is
usually held here each year.
At the opposite end of the Market Place by the old drinking fountain
and horse trough is another equally attractive tree.
St Mary's Church overlooks the eastern side of the Market
Place and here simple floodlighting and lights of a single colour
in the trees make for a tasteful display.
From the Lower Market Place, St Mary's on the left, the lights
on the Town Hall stand out brightly. Local councillors often
come in for criticsm for some of the decisions they take, but
it is only fair to give them credit for Ilkeston's Christmas
lights this year. They are as good, if not better, than they
have ever been.