NO CHRISTMAS EVE MARKET – TOWN TRADERS´ ANGRY

Some Horncastle market traders are angry and disappointed that they were not able to have a Christmas Eve market in the town.

And they want local people to know that they wanted to be here.

The town has traditionally had a Christmas Eve market, but this year traders who approached East Lindsey District Council said they were told there was not enough interest.

"We would like to put the record straight," said long standing trader Freda Handley who runs a ladies fashions stall.

"I love doing Horncastle on Christmas Eve and contacted the council several times about it," said Freda, who claimed that originally there had been 12 traders interested.

"It is not as though they havent had enough warning. They said we could come if we used our own stalls but only three traders have their own stalls."

"We have put up with a lot of disruption this year having to move to St Lawrence Street car park while work was done to the market place and we had no help or reduced rent. You would think they could have put themselves out for us on Christmas Eve," she added.

Ruby Wood, who has helped her daughter Emma set up her Body and Soul business which has a stall in Horncastle, said: "This should have been the best season for her stall which sells many gift items. She had to cope in her first year with the disruption. Some days she wasnt even taking the rent money when the market was in St Lawrence Street - and now this."

Traders were offered alternatives as there were markets at Spilsby and Louth, and Deborah Ellerby, who runs a popular flower stall, went to trade at Nottingham market.

Graham Dixon, who is in charge of East Lindseys market operations, explained that the district council only had resources for two markets on Christmas Eve.

He pointed out that Monday was the normal market day for Spilsby, and added that the council had received a request from the local branch of the Market Traders Federation for a Christmas Eve market in Louth.

"We had some representation from traders from Horncastle and were prepared to consider having a market if they had their own stalls. They were also given the opportunity to stand on either of the other markets subject to availability," he concluded.