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.
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 attraction at the museum was the opening day of The Beach
and it proved extremely popular.
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.
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.
The following day another tall figure dressed as Superman with
a fearsome looking accomplice descended on Victoria Park.
Like at the museum the previous day, there were other amusements
here too including a face painting clown.
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
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.
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.