Ilkeston - "Love Your Local Market"
w/e 26 May 2013
All this week's pictures were taken
with a Kodak DX6490
When I added the Ilkeston Markets page to Ilkeston Cam in
November 2007, Christmas was approaching and I included a picture
of the Victorian market held when the festive lights were switched
on. There was also an image of a Continental market in Bath Street
but both of these were "one off" events for special
occasions. There were however pictures of the regular markets
but since then there have been a number of changes. The Farmers'
market has fallen by the wayside and whilst the town still holds
three markets each week, there have been some significant changes
Erewash Borough Council no longer erects the stalls and the layout
of the Thursday and Saturday markets is not as consistent as
it used to be. The number of Saturday traders has diminished
but this has been compensated by the Thursday market which s
beginning to rival the Saturday market as the town's main market
day. The Thursday Flea market where second hand goods were sold,
like the Farmers' Market has also disappeared. The Friday Market
was always a smaller affair altogether and attended by only a
handful of traders. Although the number of traders has fallen,
some of them have migrated from the Lower Market Place to outside
the Town Hall.
In response to the Mary Portas Review on High Streets, the National
Association of British Market Authorities on behalf of the Markets
Alliance began the national "Love Your Local Market" campaign in
2012 and special events are being held at markets all over the
country between May 15th and May 29th in 2013.
As part of the campaign Erewash Council organised some free fun
activities at the Saturday markets in both Long Eaton and Ilkeston.
Last week's events in Ilkeston included street entertainers including
stilt walkers (left), free face painting,
a Punch and Judy show and a childrens fairground ride whilst
Long Eaton's attractions were a Rodeo Bull ride and Surfboard
simulator plus a bouncy castle. This week the activities switched
locations and Ilkeston's were set up outside the library (right)
but they were all intended to help raise shoppers awareness
of the value and variety offered by markets.
Apart from the stilt walkers and the last image in this selection
all of the pictures on this page were captured at Ilkeston's
Thursday market including the title image which shows Tracy serving
customers at her sock and underwear stall.
I caught Anthony serving a customer too at Chapman's Bakery stall
where a variety of breads, cakes and pastries are available.
And as a bonus if you want to know how many days there are to
Christmas or to when the nights start to draw in again, Anthony
can tell you exactly that without hesitation!
There's always plenty of seasonal colour at Dave's cut flower
stall but as you can see Dave was dressed for the British weather
in the middle of May.
More flowers and plants were being sold by Matt from the Leen
Valley Plants' site but these were of the grow-at-home variety
rather than cut flowers.
Many of the traders attend both the Thursday and Saturday markets
but Barry with his high quality at reasonable prices menswear
is only here on Thursdays. Barry too was dressed for our spring
Offering fashionable clothing for ladies is Neena who is one
of the traders who we see twice a week and whose Thursday stall
is opposite Barry's.
Right in the middle of the market, Steve has two sides to his
business selling cakes from one and Pick-N-Mix sweets from the
Another Steven stands nearby with a large selection of goods
and food for pets of all shapes and sizes.
Richard from Cock Orchard, the egg man, also has produce of varying
sizes and as well as the normal hens' eggs, duck eggs are often
All sorts of goods are available at the market from perfume to
DVDs; CDs to craft goods; hardware to books; food to flowers;
double glazing to mobile scooters and many more such as men's
and women's clothing including Rav who has a large selection
of casual menswear.
There are several stalls at the various markets throughout the
week selling fruit and vegetables but this final image is from
the Saturday market and shows Ian busy at work in his regular
spot near the Cenotaph.
Market traders in Ilkeston turn up and stand in all weathers
as this week has already proved and market days are the busiest
days of the week which only goes to prove that we already "Love
Our Local Market" and hope it will go with this campaign
from strength to strength.