Ilkeston - A Tier 3 Advent
w/e 06 December 2020
All of this week's pictures were taken with a Kodak DX6490

Not only will Christmas be different this year but so will Advent. This week saw us come out of the second National Lockdown into the highest Tier 3 level of restrictions and these images were captured at various times during the week as we exercised our right to a daily walk for exercise.

Town Hall

The Christmas lights were switched on recently without the usual festivities and ceremony and although they were festooned all around the front of the Town Hall, didn't show up too well in the bright sunshine early in the week.
Christmas Tree

On the other side of the Market Place lights srung across South Street, on the Library and adorning the Christmas Tree were also doing their best to lighten the mood despite the lack of people, who were following the advice to stay at home, to see them.
Kings Head

Pubs around the Market Place too, like The Kings Head, despite being closed due to the restrictions, had also made the effort to decorate their premises ready for re-opening.
Market Inn

The Market Inn was another pub in the Market Place with closed doors and festive windows.
Bath Street

When Lockdown changed to Tier 3 the weather changed too (not for the better) and more people ventured out to busy themselves with Christmas shopping beneath strings of coloured lights like here on Bath Street.
Must Be

Greggs Bakery offering a take-away service assured everyone passing that it must be Christmas.


In a charity shop across from the Albion Centre, there was no price on a cuddly toy in the window which revived memories of an old song - "How Much Is The Doggie In The Window".
Albion Centre

This photo was taken in the sparsely populated Albion Centre whilst we were still in Lockdown but later in the week the bright lights shone down on many more people as queues formed on both sides to enter the shops.

Back on Bath Street many shop windows had been decorated and despite the restrictions we can still send greetings from Ilkeston.

It's not just shop windows, private houses too have been decorated, many of them earlier than usual as people found they had more time on their hands during Lockdown. We have our usual display of snowmen, Santas, reindeer and garlands but we must not forget the centrepiece - a 3D image of the Nativity. Advent and Christmas may not be the same this year but the reason for the season is a constant.

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