Ilkeston - Our Christmas
w/e 28 December 2014
All this week's pictures were taken
with a Kodak DX6490
The Market Place features a number of times in "Our Christmas".
Markets were held most days in the week before Christmas including
Christmas Eve when several traders turned up. We walked through
the market on our way to Earls (formerly Peter James) Hair &
Beauty in the morning.
It has become something of a tradition in the last decade to
visit the hairdressers as they get into the festive spirit by
donning fancy dress. This year's circus theme risked me being
asked "You don't let those clowns cut your hair, do you?"
but I've never had cause for complaint.
Christmas is an exciting time for children and there was some
excitement for adults too when I walked through the town centre
a little later. Part of Bath Street was cordoned off and police
and fire fighters were in attendance. Apparently part of a window
frame on the third floor of the former Argos store was in danger
of falling onto the shoppers in the street below.
A little further down Bath Street, Ilkeston Brass were entertaining
the shoppers with a selection of Christmas carols and songs outside
the Albion Centre.
Traffic at both sides of the town centre
was almost at a standstill as seen here (left and right) near
both ends of Chalons Way and it was hardly any different in the
supermarkets for pedestrians. There were long queues at all the
tills as shoppers waited to pay for their last minute bargains
at this shop in the Albion Centre. I was just pleased I didn't
have to queue and that I wasn't driving either.
Back at home we had a baking session for part of the afternoon
making mince pies, some with pastry tops, some with icing, jam
tarts and sausage rolls. Together with a Christmas cake made
and iced earlier, that should see us through for a while.
As darkness fell I learned that the International Space Station
(or was it Santa Claus?) was due to pass overhead and I took
several long exposure, hand held shots. This enlarged and enhanced
bonus image was the best result and the camera shake could account
for the wobbly line in the sky. Have to admit though the red
dot at the front could have been a reindeer's nose and it may
well have been Santa Claus heading back home to restock.
an hour later the man in question (left) did make a return to
Ilkeston and was in attendance at the Mayor of Erewash's Annual
Christmas Eve Carol Service on the Market Place. Accompanied
by musicians from the Salvation Army (right) those present outside
the Town Hall enjoyed Bible readings and prayers and joined in
with a selection of Christmas carols.
We were back on the Market Place (left) the following
morning when it was much quieter with very few people about at
all in front of the Town Hall (right). Those that were, headed
for St Mary's Church for a short service of Holy Communion and
Carols around the Crib. One young lady joined the other characters
to look in the stable now complete with the baby Jesus this Christmas
It's customary to have a family day on Christmas Day and to go
for a walk on Boxing Day but contrary as usual, after church
in the morning and a light lunch, we took the dog for a long
walk before settling down to watch the Queen's speech on TV.
Boxing Day was our family day with a roast turkey dinner - complete
with sprouts! We were still serving up when this image was captured.
(Diets start next week!)
It's not often that we get together with all three
grandsons at the same time so after our meal we posed for this
image of the three generations. Not long after they had left
to make their ways home, the snow started to fall and by Saturday
the town centre was covered with the white stuff. So ending where
we started these images of the Market Place conclude "Our
Christmas". Now for the New Year!