Sunday, 8 June 2008

Festival Day Picture Parade

Picking elderflowers on the Promenade and in the park is what got me up this morning. I then went home to make 12 pints of cordial with Susan, which we will bottle tomorrow (Monday). We have another two batches to make over the next few days so that we have enough for ourselves to last next year, whilst giving a few away.

In the park I met some all night student revellers who were going home to bed as soon as the booze run out. They were happy and wanted me in the picture too!

This morning the dog walkers were out in force. Notice that these days there are more walkers than dogs. Some have passed on, so these friends share the dogs which remain.

If I was a better photographer I would have noticed how the early morning sun caught the banner. Given the day (a Sunday) and that is the banner of the local churches, the light flooding through seems as it should be.

A little later in the day I returned and caught these happy church souls.

10am and the Dunkirk and Lenton Partnership Forum's team of Festival organisers arrive. Lynda is obviously happy to have made it and Janet, who organised the day brilliantly, looks as if she is about to tell Lynda to save her energy for putting all the tables up!

I spent a large part of the day in the company of members of Kimberley Local History Society, who came to visit the Gurdwara and to go on a walk around Lenton with me. After spending time in the Gurdwara, we were able to go into Holy Trinity Church and see its fine Norman font, which is thought to have originally been in Lenton Priory, which was demolished in the 16th century (much of the stone was subsequently used in the construction of nearby Wollaton Hall — which explains why little of the Priory remains to be seen in Old Lenton in 2008). The church decided to stay open for visitors as part of the Festival celebrations. The church has also had a makeover and looks wonderful and much lighter than it used to. After our visit we returned to the Gurdwara (Sikh temple) for lunch with the worshippers before going on our walk around Lenton, which everyone seemed to enjoy, although I have to admit to finding it a little tiring in the heat.

After the walk I left the Kimberley visitors in the Lenton Local History marquee and went on a quick tour of some of the Festival stalls, starting with Dorothy from the City Council's Area 8 Neighbourhood Management Team, who said she had had plenty of visitors during the day.

I then spied the drummers, who were having a great time with the kids.

At last year's Festival, I took a picture of 'Two Betties' and by chance I managed to do it again this year, only one of them has changed — the one on the left is Betty from 'South-well' and had been on the walk with me.

I spotted this pair of happy students enjoying the Festival.

Today was very hot, but Sue and Patsy stuck at it all day. Don't you love Patsy's hat? As for Sue, the fact that she finds the energy to spend all week running around at the Crocus Café, then come and sell he cards and other goodies is a measure of her impressive stamina.

A happy Goth couple who have been active in Lenton one way or another for a good few years. It was lovely to see them with their baby.

The Shaw family run a sandwich bar on Lenton Boulevard, which is very popular with local workers and students. They are happy because they sold out of food twice!

It's nearly 5pm and some folk are beginning to head home for tea, including Susan and me. It's been a long day and I will be glad to stop.

As we leave I notice that the visitors keep coming to the Lenton Local History Society marquee, even though Cliff, the Society's secretary is taking down the displays.

The re-occurring word throughout today's blog has been 'happy'. It's a word which sums up the day. Thanks to the Forum and all the other folk, who by taking part, helped all those who came along to have a lovely day.

Next year it would be nice if it could, perhaps, be called the 'Dunkirk and Lenton Festival and Homecoming Day', with a view to encouraging ex-Dunkirk and Lenton residents from far and wide to come along. With sufficient notice and publicity, many might be persuaded to dig out old photographs and memorabilia of their days in our community so that they can share them with Lenton Local History Society. An annual 'Homecoming Day' is a North American event I would like to see copied in England.

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1 comment:

Rosie said...

What a busy, busy day you have had; but what a wonderfully interesting one. It looks as if everyone had a great time - so glad the weather was good and that all was successful.