During the 1914-1918 War
Parts of the Park were made into vegetable gardens to encourage Ilkestonians to Dig For Victory, The park keeper and his staff giving advice when requested.
A German Howitzer was allotted to Ilkeston in September 1919, and the Park seemed the most suitable place to display it. However, instead of being treated as spoils of war, it was used for climbing by the local children when the park keeper was not around.
After the First World War
In August 1923, a new permanent Bandstand was opened. This was quite a pleasing stand displaying the Borough Coat of Arms, with electric lighting and glazed screens, which could be moved to protect the players from the wind. Between the wars the Bandstand was the centre of attraction during the summer months, concerts being given most weeks by Brass and Silver Bands and Choirs from many parts of the country. Ilkestonians paraded in their 'Sunday Best' (after Church or Chapel of course) and enjoyed some extremely good performances. Bowling greens were opened on the same day and these are divided from the main area of the Park by a luxuriant beech hedge
Last Updated on Monday, 20 February 2012 09:23