Chosen image adorns front of Ilkeston Town Hall

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An iconic image chosen by readers of the Advertiser can now be seen on the front of Ilkeston Town Hall as work is carried out to the building.

The building is currently undergoing a £54,000 makeover, made possible by lottery funding.

Work started this month and is set to be completed at the end of March. It includes the replacement of embedded iron cramps in the stonework that are corroding and risk making the stone parapet and balcony balustrade unstable.

The winning image shows celebrations outside the hall to mark the incorporation of Ilkeston as a borough in 1887.

The Charter of Incorporation was read from the town hall balcony by the town clerk, Wright Lissett, on the afternoon of February 15.

The image was one of six that we printed in December. We then asked people to vote for which image they wanted to see on the front of the town hall.

The Ilkeston Town Hall Project will see the renovation of the hall, while also featuring a range of activities that will share the history of the building.

Kate Dickson, director of Creative Heritage Consultants, said: “The project includes talks by local history societies, valuable work experience opportunities for college students and training in traditional building skills for local contractors.”

A talk about the building and the quirky characters involved there over time is being scheduled for Thursday February 26. It will be presented by the Ilkeston U3A History Group, starting at 7.30pm.