Ilkeston - As
w/e 13 December 2009
All this week's pictures were taken
with a Kodak DX6490
The images on this page were taken on two consecutive days as
can be seen by the different conditions underfoot - wet on some
and dry on the others - but they are ordered to simulate a route
through the Market Place into Bath Street from this position
on South Street near the start of the Christmas lights.
From a position on the Market Place looking along Wharncliffe
Road, one of the flashing blue lights strung between the Town
Hall and the Co-Op makes an interesting alternative to the usual
view of the green spire on the United Reformed Church.
The Town Hall of course has the usual "Season's Greetings"
sign but this image gives a much clearer view of the building
than the one taken a few weeks ago from the jostling crowd when
the lights were switched on.
There are delicate lights in the trees around the old Horse Trough
and Fountain in the north west corner on the Market Place but
it is those illuminating the sign of the Sir John Warren that
shine the brightest.
The Lower Market Place is devoid of Christmas lights but from
the entrance into East Street where a star shines brightly, those
on the Market Place are still visible.
The whole of Bath Street has blue lights criss-crossing all the
way down the hill and many of the shop windows are also sporting
The Albion Centre precinct off Bath Street has also been enhanced
with lights attached to the overhanging roof plus holly wreathes
along its length.
From near to the entrance to the Albion Centre the blue lights
can be seen continuing down Bath Street. When I captured these
images there were only a few people about but during the daylight
hours on Saturday when the lights were still switched on, all
the streets and shops were packed as people continued their preparations
for Christmas. Who said there was a recession?