Ilkeston - Christmas Eve Eve
w/e 24 December 2023
All of this week's pictures were taken with a Nikon D3300

Friday, December 22nd, was exceptionally busy in Ilkeston and I was expecting the same again on Saturday, the eve of Christmas Eve.

Bath Street

By comparison though Bath Street on Saturday morning was relatively quiet.
Ilkeston Brass

Quiet that is, apart from the sound of Ilkeston Brass playing carols outside the Albion Centre.
Santa Suits

Some of the Brass Band musicians had donned red and white hats and if anyone wanted to go the whole hog and wear a Santa suit, I'm sure the Arena Hope charity shop would have been only too happy to oblige.

There was more festive headgear worn by the staff on Chapman's Bakery stall on the Lower Market Place opposite the charity shop.
Market Place

Like Bath Street the main Market Place was really quiet.
Christmas Tree

The lights on the Christmas Tree were not switched on and even the seats around the Market Place were empty.
Christmas Slippers

There were still traders trying to sell their wares and there was a plentiful supply of Christmas slippers for the last minute shoppers.

Christmas Wreathes

And there was still time to buy a Christmas wreath from at least two stalls at the market.

There was more activity on South Street though with queues at the Butcher's, the Baker's and if there had been a Candlestick Maker, it would probably have been the same there too.
Car Park

It seems most people had shunned the Council's pay and display car parks to take advantage of the free parking at the supermarkets. It was just as busy inside too with long queues at all of the check outs. Wasn't I glad we'd done our Christmas shopping early? And to think the shops will only be closed for one day and then it will be as bad again .... for the Boxing Day sales!
Happy Christmas everyone.

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