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Town ‘a breath of fresh air’ I’m not new to Ilkeston. For as long as I can remember I’ve visited my grandparents on Heanor Road. I’ve stayed in every room in my mother’s childhood home, visited Victoria Park and wandered up and down Bath Street. Yet I still find intrigue and excitement in every visit to the town hundreds of years older than the country I currently reside in. I’ve grown with Ilkeston; every trip back produces something new. This time the newest addition was the train station, yet there is always a level of consistency. No matter what changes in Ilkeston, many things will always remain the same. A trip into town is not complete without a stop at the U Choose Smoothie Bar and the local candy store (sweet shop). Colorado Springs has nothing on the small town feel given off by Ilkeston. In Colorado Springs, the streets swarm with different

faces every day. There is no sense of connection, just an endless stream of people whose only commonality is the state in which they reside. It’s a breath of fresh air (both literally and figuratively) to visit Ilkeston. My granddad can’t set foot outside without running into someone he knows. Although the United States has its perks, I much prefer England. The country offers so much diversity. Small towns like Ilkeston and huge cities like London feel almost like different worlds. From testing out pubs and legally drinking, to wandering on cobble stone streets, to driving on the opposite side of the road, my Great British Vacation offered a very welcome change. I can’t wait to return and see what new adventures await. Ilkeston earned an excellent Trip Advisor score from this American.

Bring back seaside specials

Were parents consulted?

Jordan Watkins, Colorado Springs, USA

Now we have a railway station wouldn't it be nice if the rail people put excursions back on as they did in the days gone by. I can remember these happening in the fifties and early sixties, specially in the summer from both the Ilkeston Junction and the Ilkeston North stations. Days out to the seaside or other places of interest were very popular. By putting them on it would not only benefit the people it would also benefit the town and increase the popularity of the new station.

In the August issue I read that the Royal Navy visited students at Kirk Hallam Community Academy to demonstrate cooking skills and portray life at sea. Have the parents and guardians of these youngsters given their permission for this? This is in effect the radicalisation of impressionable young people and could entice some of them to become future participants in a war. Indeed, waging war against other countries is the remit of Britain's armed forces.

Bill Smith, Ilkeston.

Eddie Walsh, Long Eaton

They could have worded it better August saw the introduction of new ticket machines on the Yourbus network. Initially this seems to have had the effect of making the buses run later than previously as Gold Card users are having to get used to offering up their passes to the reading device. Gold card users tended not to have to show their cards before as drivers knew their regular customers. No doubt this will improve as people get used to the new system. One thing, however, does irk about the new ticketing. Now in large letters on your ticket are the words ‘Derbyshire Elderly’. Who thought that was a good idea? Maybe some 21 year old IT technician writing the software? Certainly not an older more sympathetic person. Surely a better phrase could be used such as ‘Derbyshire Senior’?

Rob Stevenson


Vintage fair and concert in aid of SOBS To deal with death is difficult. Imagine then, a death by suicide. Unexpected, tragic, and something you never quite get over. There are no explanations or answers to your questions. People either want to know everything or don’t speak to you at all simply because they don’t know what to say to you. I personally have lost two family members to suicide, my uncle in 2000 and my dad in 2015. More recently this year has also seen the death of a friend by suicide. It really is more common than you think. Statistics say the highest rate in the UK for suicide is men between the ages of 40-44. I talk about my loss, probably because I’m more inclined to as I’m a woman, but mostly keep is safely tucked away as people are uncomfortable with talking about death by suicide. However, once a month there is a wonderful group, SOBS (Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide), who offer support to adults who have experienced loss by suicide. All are ‘ordinary’ people who have been through an ‘extraordinary’ experience. We chat over a cup of tea, some have lots they wish to share, some say very little but find comfort in just listening and knowing that they are not alone. This group is a lifeline to more people than you can imagine. It is also a charity. SOBS National Office is based at the Flamsteed Centre, Albert Street, Ilkeston and

they hold their meetings on the last Thursday of every month between 7 and 9pm. Since the loss of my dad in 2015 I have been actively raising awareness and funds for the group and will be holding a vintage fair with free entry at the Flamsteed Centre on Saturday 23rd September 1-5pm where there will be a variety of stalls, ‘pop-up’ vintage beauty parlour, refreshments including cream teas and a raffle. Following on from that in the evening between 7.30pm and 11.00pm there will be a fundraising concert providing a variety of entertainment including appearances by Ellie Tatham, Curtis Taylor-Tipton, Laid Back and other guests. The event promises to provide a fun packed evening with food and drinks available to purchase (you can bring your own alcoholic drinks), prize for the best vintage themed fancy dress. There will also be a raffle. Tickets are just £5 each under 12s go free, you can also have free entry if you can produce your ration book! Please contact for further information. Only those of us who have experienced this terrible tragedy can truly understand. None of us need to suffer alone. Together we can help each other. SOBS Helpline 0300 111 5065.

Letter was not a criticism

Cancer article was helpful

I’m sorry that Susanne Birch, Ilkeston Lions Carnival chairperson has taken my suggestion that the Carnival be moved to the town centre as a criticism. That certainly wasn’t my intension. Believe me, Suzanne, I am just as disappointed as the Lions must be ass I help to run a stall every year. My main reason for making my suggestion is to ensure it takes place yearly without worrying about the weather. As Suzanne explained, the Market Place presents difficulties as does the ‘Rec’. It’s a shame that despite the great work the Lions do in organising the event, bad weather always wins the day. Keep up the good work, Lions! Danny Corns, Trowell

It was good to read the article ‘My Prostate Cancer Journey’ by the editor in the August issue of Ilkeston Life. It was good to hear the positivity in his words. I am sure men diagnosed with prostate cancer will get a lot of comfort from his words. We know from personal experience in our family that a positive belief is a real advantage towards recovery. I volunteer at the Royal Derby and spend every Monday morning helping in Radiotherapy, its great to see and help the patients with their smiling faces. Keep smiling.

Lindsey Rice, Ilkeston

Terry Stevenson, Ilkeston

Launch of Amber Valley Parkinson’s Support Group Are you living with Parkinson’s Disease? Do you need information or support? Are you caring for someone with Parkinsons? Would you like to meet other people in a similar situation? Amber Valley Parkinson’s Support Group would like to invite you and your carer to afternoon tea – free of charge. Any other family and friends please pay £5 per head towards funds. It takes place at Ripley Leisure Centre, Derby Road, Ripley Derbyshire DE5 3HR The date: Saturday 9th September between 2.30 and 4.30pm. For more information, please contact: Jackie Conn, telephone 0300 123 3673 or email

Jackie Conn

Sybil Joan Clark and Ronald Alan Brooks, both octogenarians, celebrated getting engaged last month in the Zen Garden at the Bottle Kiln, West Hallam. Ron, who has a keen interest in Asian art and culture, said it was a fitting place to contemplate their future together.

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