Ilkeston - It's Chri .... stmas!
w/e 19 December 2010
All this week's pictures were taken with a Kodak DX6490

Butcher's Queue

In the words of Noddy Holder at the end of Slade's seasonal pop song that always gets an airing at this time of year "It's Chri --- stmas!" and at this final weekend before Christmas Day, shoppers in Ilkeston were out in force on Saturday morning with queues forming in many shops. At this butcher's on South Street, the queue actually spilled out onto the pavement and we can expect similar pictures all week at other businesses too.
Holly Wreathes

It was also busy on the Market Place and this is just one of a number of places in town where holly wreathes and other festive decorations could be purchased.
Card Stall

Another market stall had a good display of Christmas cards, wrapping paper, calendars, and paper Christmas sacks or bags. This area of the East Midlands around Ilkeston was cold and snow free but elsewhere in the country, and as close as the West Midlands, heavy snowfalls had caused many sporting fixtures to be cancelled and huge disruption to anyone who needed to travel by road, rail or air. So any cards purchased from here this weekend may not be delivered until after Christmas.
Artificial Flowers

On the Lower Market Place another stall was selling vases of artificial flowers and was attracting a lot of attention especially from the male section of shoppers. I suspect many wives and girlfriends could be waking up on Christmas morning with one of these as a present.
Festive Collectors

These two young ladies on Bath Street were certainly adding to the Christmas spirit but it was all in a good cause as they were collecting for the MacMillan Nurses charity.
Christmas Tree

Part of our Saturday morning though was spent in St Mary's Church helping to decorate the building. Our main contribution was to add baubles to the Christmas tree.
Church Helpers

Other helpers were busy making flower arrangements, cleaning the pews, decorating the window sills and the pulpit, fixing holly wreathes to the pillars, erecting the crib and a host of other jobs in preparation for the Christmas services.
Nativity Scene

And a reminder of the reason for the season amid all this business both within the church and outside around the town centre was visible in this wooden Nativity scene that had been placed near the church entrance. Oh and in case you were wondering that Slade song is "Merry Christmas Everybody".

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