Ilkeston - The Fun Continues
w/e 30 July 2017
All of this week's pictures were taken with a Kodak DX6490

Following the previous fun-filled weekend packed with several events, the jollity continued on the 23rd and 24th of July with at least two more events in the town.


Visitors to the Erewash Museum on Saturday were greeted, if I've remembered their names correctly, by Murray, Maurice and Matthew although the spelling of those names may not necessarily be correct.
Deck Chair

Local celebrity, the Ilson Gnome was waiting for a lift up into a giant deck chair as floating fish attached to a temporary fence looked on near the more permanent flower urn.
The Beach

The attraction at the museum was the opening day of The Beach and it proved extremely popular.
Ice Cream/Candy Floss

Among the other attractions on opening day were ice cream and candy floss kiosks which helped bring a touch of the seaside to the proceedings.
Pirate Ship

The ramp up to the museum entrance had been transformed into a pirate ship but the long-legged buccaneer was anything but frightening as he made balloon figures for the children.
Superman & Partner

The following day another tall figure dressed as Superman with a fearsome looking accomplice descended on Victoria Park.
Face Painting

Like at the museum the previous day, there were other amusements here too including a face painting clown.
Ilkeston Community

Gazebos lined the main path through the park, there were classic cars on display, fairground roundabouts for children and a area set aside for the learning of circus skills. The Ilkeston community of all ages turned up in their hundreds if not thousands to enjoy the event.
Summer Sounds

And the event itself was not as big as Glastonbury, Download at Castle Donington or even Splendour at Nottingham but Ilkeston's answer to all those Festivals - a free four hour Sunday afternoon concert called Summer Sounds.
Johnny Victory

Acts included a Take That tribute band, Glamma Mia (an Abba tribute band), local band Rocks and Frocks and Trevvy and his Disco Music. We are accustomed to seeing Johnny Victory (pictured) singing songs from the war years at the Erewash Museum's Swinging Back to the Forties but here he showed his versatility by moving on a decade or two and entertained with a selection of popular songs from the fifties and sixties.

The Erewash Borough Council, like all other councils, often come in for criticism but are to be congratulated for arranging The Beach and Summer Sounds, both events were free to attend and succeeded in generating a great community spirit on both days.

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