Ilkeston - Lights Up
w/e 03 December 2017
All of this week's pictures were taken with a Kodak DX6490

Ilkeston Lights Up

This year's switching on of the Christmas Lights event took place on Friday December 1st.

Ilkeston Brass

The lights didn't go on until 7pm but Ilkeston Brass were there well before that to entertain the assembly crowd.
Christmas Market

There was a Fun Fair on the Market Place and on the Lower Market Place a number of stalls had been erected to house a Christmas Market.
Charity Stalls

The stalls were for the use of charity organisations and local groups to raise funds for many good causes.
Arena Refreshments

Refreshments including warm drinks on what was a cold night were available outside the Arena Hope shop.

It was also outside the shop that carollers from the Arena Church gathered to sing and play to everyone and keep them entertained in the cold night air.
Market Place Crowds

And there were a lot of people to entertain as the crowds on the Market Place shows.

Mingling with the crowds were what appeared to be two of Santa's reindeer - wonder if he knows they were having a night out!
Giant Slide

Also on the Market Place along with a number of roundabouts and other Fun Fair attractions was a giant inflatable slide that attracted the children.
Craft Activity

St Mary's Church was open during the event and many people entered to have a look round whilst their children were engaged in a number at craft related activities.
Cantelupe Welcome

A sign outside the church pointed to the adjacent Cantelupe Centre where fundraising to pay for the recently completed roof restoration was ongoing. Money is still needed for interior work on the ceilings and lighting but this can now be done in the waterproof building. Centre Manager James New welcomed the Civic Party who entered to show their support - and I guess they needed a warm too after their duties outside at the switching on ceremony.

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