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