Ilkeston - Nearly There
w/e 23 December 2018
All of this week's pictures were taken with a Kodak DX6490

We're nearly there - at Christmas that is, but these images are from a couple of days towards the end of Advent.

Christmas Trees

On Friday it was relatively quiet on the Market Place and Christmas trees were well in evidence with the one by the Cenotaph complimented by two illuminated symbols on the Library and another tree in the Coffee Shop that now occupies the corner unit of the former Co-Op building.
Town Hall

There were a few market stalls but the Christmas lights on the Town Hall served to brighten what was a dull overcast day.
Saturday Market

An early start on Saturday on foot saw trade picking up at the market whilst the roads all around were almost gridlocked with a large number of vehicles most of the day.
Holly Wreathes

Holly wreathes and poinsettia plants could be seen in abundance and at this late stage close to Christmas I wondered if they would all be sold. Speaking to several market traders, they all said that 2018 had not been a good year for business.
Santa's Dog

It seemed that every man and his dog were out on the roads on Saturday but at least one was walking and even giving Santa a helping hand. Remember though, a dog is for life, not just for Christmas.

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There was music on Bath Street and it appeared that you're never to young to start busking.
Ilkeston Brass

There were more youngsters outside the Albion Precinct but these were playing carols with the more senior and experoenced members of Ilkeston Brass.
Bath Street

Some people on Bath Street took a break from the shopping to sit and listen to the band and they may be back on Christmas Eve when Ilkeston Brass will be playing again - no doubt some people will still have last minute shopping to do but although closed on the 25th, many shops will be open again on Boxing Day.
St Mary's

More singing could be heard at a Service of Nine Lessons and Carols in St Mary's Church which took place at noon on Saturday. With the church bells ringing and a Nativity scene lit up on the church tower, the service attracted a goodly number of shoppers for an hour's respite from the hustle and bustle outside.

Inside the church another Nativity Scene was a reminder that Christmas is not all about shopping and eating, drinking and making merry but come this time next year, we'll be doing it all over again.


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