Photo voted your winner

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This picture is the one that has been chosen by the people of Ilkeston to appear on the front of the town hall next month.

Earlier this month we published six pictures and asked people to vote for the image that they wanted to appear on the scaffolding on the front of the Town Hall in January while the building undergoes a major refurbishment.

Kate Dickson, director atCreative Heritage, which is running the banner project, said: “We had a great response to the article printed on December 4. In total 424 people voted with the vast majority of those voting via the on-line survey.

“The highest vote of 132 people or 31 per cent was for the image of people celebrating outside the town hall on February 15 1887, marking the incorporation of Ilkeston as a borough.”

The front of the historic town hall will disappear from view during the makeover, which will take place between January and the end of March.

The programme of restoration has been funded by a 
£54,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

It came about following an urgent need to replace embedded iron cramps in the stonework that are corroding and risk making parts of the building unstable. The wear and tear is down to the age of the town hall, which dates back to 1866.

Work will also include new bricks to replace ones that have eroded.

The winning picture will be placed on a large banner across scaffolding at the front of the hall, with the aim to provide something interesting and informative to look at.

The photo is courtesy of picturethepast.org.uk. On that day the Charter of Incorporation was read by the town clerk, Wright Lissett, from the town hall balcony, on the afternoon of February 15, 1887.

Kate added: “We would like to thank everyone for their votes.”