Ilkeston - Boats And Bands
w/e 19 August 2007
All this week's pictures were taken with a Kodak DX6490

Two Boats

The weekend of 4th/5th August saw at least two social gatherings in Ilkeston; there were probably more that I am unaware of. The first Erewash Canal Festival took place on both Saturday and Sunday and as we were near the Pavilion playing fields at Cotmanhay late on Saturday morning, we thought we would be just in time for the opening. Unfortunately final preparations were still be made so we followed the signs to the "Boats & Bands" along the canal and found that only two narrow boats had taken advantage of the advertised free moorings.
Bridge Inn

The bands were to perform at the Bridge Inn but here too we were too early to hear them play. Other signs warned of "Uneven Ground" and the said ground did my injured ankle few favours so we returned to the playing fields via another route along roads and footpaths.
Model Boats

Here we did find some more boats but these were of the model variety and were part of a selection displayed by the Nottingham Model Boat Club. There were several other stalls and stands ranging from the PDSA to the Erewash Canal Society and other entertainments such as Circus Skills were being prepared for later on Saturday and the following day when there was also a car boot sale.
Fun Fair

There was a funfair on the site and I am led to believe that the whole event was well received and regarded as a success. Time will tell whether it will become an annual event but on this particular Saturday, I spent the rest of the day at home resting my aching leg. I'd walked much further than I had intended and was paying the price so a return visit to the Festival later was soon ruled out.

Concert In The Park

We could have returned on Sunday but instead opted for a more leisurely excursion to Victoria Park where we were able to sit and enjoy a Brass Band concert instead.
Ilkeston Brass

The concert was given by the town's own Ilkeston Brass. If you are wondering why the band was not in the bandstand, the answer is simple. The floor of the bandstand has been condemned and is in need of urgent repairs. It is to be hoped that the Council can find enough money in their coffers to divert in this direction as the bandstand is a focal point of the many events that are held in the park.
Raising Funds

This particular concert was in aid of Motor Neurone Disease and a number of stalls were helping to raise funds. Cuddly toys for the children and plants for the garden were on sale and the refreshment stall selling slices of home made cakes was popular with everyone.

Close Up On The Band

But it was the music that most people had come to hear and the fact that the bandstand was not in use meant that it was possible to get up close (but not too personal) with the musicians.

For details of more concerts by Ilkeston Brass, see their website.

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