Ilkeston - Friday Night, Saturday Morning
w/e 28 November 2021

All of this week's pictures were taken with a Kodak DX6490

Street Scene

Friday was the day Ilkeston's Christmas lights were switched on and the Erewash Museum opened their doors after dark for a "Light Night" event. As we entered the grounds a Victorian street scene in front of the museum shone through the darkness.
Inside The Museum

The inside of the museum had also been decorated alongside the exhibits. The old kitchen had a tableau depicting children hanging their stockings whilst in the stables a Christmas tree stood in one corner and a large chair on the left proved irresistible for parents to take souvenir photos of their children.
Charity Craft Fair

We made our way from museum to St Mary's Church and the Cantelupe Centre where a Charity Craft Fair was being held.
Local Skills

Many different crafts were on display highlighting the incredible different abilities and skills of the contributors.
Fancy Dress

And some of them had really entered into the spirit of the season by donning fancy dress.
Town Hall

We left the building just before seven o'clock and just in time to join the crowds to witness the switching on of the lights ceremony in front of the Town Hall.
Tribute Singers

Entertainment had been provided by Gary Barlow and Michael Bublé tribute singers and Ilkeston Brass also played at the event.
Santa Claus

Santa Claus put in an appearance to the delight of all the children waiting outside the Town Hall.

Christmas Tree

A small funfair had been erected on the Market Place to add to the entertainment but had gone by Saturday morning. The lights on the Christmas tree will remain throughout the next month though - weather permitting!
Saturday Snow!

GreenhouseOvernight and on Saturday Storm Arwen blew through the town and this was the scene that greeted us on Saturday morning. The roads and pavements were covered with snow but the precipitation soon turned to rain and although it remained cold all day, the white covering soon disappeared - but it did come back on Sunday. Welcome to the Festive Season!

A consequence of the storm was that the wind had shifted the greenhouse a good six inches off its base, blown out a back panel and taken the door off too. Thankfully the panels are made of polycarbonate but it means we need to get some more clips to fix them back into the frame.

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