Here & There - Another Week Out & About
w/e 06 September 2009
All this week's pictures were taken with a Kodak DX6490

There are some weeks when I know well in advance where I'm going to go and what will be featured on the Latest Images page. Ilkeston's Annual Charter Fair in October is just one such example. There are other weeks when it is a last minute or spur of the moment decision. This particular week, the first in September was one of those where I had no definite plan although there were several events to choose from.

Museum Lawn

One thing for certain was that I would be with the rest of the crowd on the lawn at the Erewash Museum listening to the music of the Brass Band at the traditional Summer Bank Holiday Monday concert.
Bestwood Black Diamonds

What was unusual about this year's concert though was that the music was provided by the Bestwood Black Diamonds Band and not our own Ilkeston Brass. With no disrespect to the Bestwood Band, and entertaining and enjoyable as it was, it just did not seem right somehow that the town's own band was absent.
Memorial Flowers

Tuesday and Wednesday passed and I still had not formulated any ideas about a theme for the week but by Thursday I was considering photographing some of the flower beds in town before autumn took its toll, like this one on the Market Place near the War Memorial.

I had arrived at the Market Place just before 11 o'clock and on the hour a short Service of Remembrance took place as September 3rd was the seventieth anniversary of Britain's entry into World War Two. It was also the day to honour the members of the Merchant Navy who also lost their lives in the same conflict.
Desolate Scene

On Friday still no closer to an idea for the week, I dug out a map and saw a path around Shipley Lake. I should have know better as the lake lies within the site of the former American Adventure Theme Park and although the Theme Park has gone out of business, the site is still fenced off and the lake is off limits. Actually the whole site is now a scene of desolation. Roads and car parks are closed and all the thrill rides have been removed. Most of the buildings too have been demolished with only the concourse and original entrance to the former ill-fated Britannia Park, the forerunner of the American Adventure, remaining in situ.

A sign still points to the entrance to the American Adventure but the gates are locked and other signs on the surrounding fence at regular intervals warn everyone to keep out. Do not think for one minute that I am encouraging anyone to trespass but unless English Law has changed since I studied it after leaving school, trespassers cannot be prosecuted. As far as I know, trespass is a civil wrong or tort. It is not a crime and it is only criminals that can be prosecuted. I guess therefore that the threat of Police Dogs is more of a deterrent!
Marching Band

Anyway that trip to Shipley Lake proved to be not as successful photographically as I had hoped but the brisk walk was probably good exercise. A brief visit to Stapleford on Saturday was a little more rewarding as I was just in time to catch the Stapleford Carnival procession led by the Nottingham Tartanaires Marching Band.

The main body of the procession consisited of old vehicles - cars, vans, lorries, buses and even fire engines - but there were also a number of youth groups and one lavishly decorated float that came up trumps. So there we have it. Sunday and all I have to offer is a selection of images from different places and events taken during the last week - just another week in the life of Ilkeston Cam.

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