Ilkeston - Christmas
w/e 08 November 2009
All this week's pictures were taken
with a Kodak DX6490
Christmas is coming and I'm not sure whether the goose is getting
fat or not but there are plenty of signs to be seen of the upcoming
festive season. Christmas cards were on sale in this shop in
the Albion Centre as early as August. That's far too early in
the year in my opinion and now the whole of the front of the
shop has nothing on display apart from Christmas produce.
The Christmas lights started to go up whilst the annual Charter
Fair was in town during October but the erection seemed to have
stalled last week with coils of wires and bulbs suspended high
on Bath Street.
In Greggs shop window there are plenty of mince pies and other
festive fare displayed for sale even though it's only the beginning
Across the road in John's News, the usual magazines and jars
of mouthwatering sweets have been supplemented by 2010 calendars
and and annuals such as the Dandy, Beano, The Broons and The
Fireside and Friendship books but it was the sight of the new
Rupert the Bear annual that really took me back to my childhood
days. Christmas wasn't Christmas without the Rupert annual!
Between the showers on Wednesday, there were still signs of Christmas
with an A-board outside The Charter, a pub in the converted building
of the former main Post Office, that said that bookings are being
taken even though it was half day closing and there were only
a few people about.
Nearby at the side of the library a couple of days later, I happened
to be in the right place at the right time to see some of the
decorations that were later strung across South Street.
The men erecting the decorations and also stringing lights on
the trees at the side of the Market Place had been conspicuous
by their absence all week hence the coils seen on Bath Street
earlier, but true to form they turned up when the Friday market
was taking place. Two two-men teams were operating from similar
vehicles but I caught them here in conference as they decided
their next move reminding me of the old joke about how many electricians
it takes to change a light bulb.
So Christmas is coming and although there's still about seven
weeks to go, turkey is already on the menu as can be seen here
through the door at the Co-Op. Perry Como sang "I wish it
could be Christmas forever, I wish that glow would never fade
away!" but I think I can resist the temptations of Turkey
Baguettes or Paninis and even Viennese Mice Pies for a little