Town’s Christmas market all set to be a family affair

Horncastle Young Stagers sing carol. ENGEMN00120130912142023
Horncastle Young Stagers sing carol. ENGEMN00120130912142023
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Horncastle’s Christmas market is set to be a family affair this year as organisers promise to deliver a bumper day to remember.

The event - on December 6 - will be more family orientated with added entertainment and new rides aimed at children.

There will still be the traditional attractions, including more than 70 stalls which will line the town centre.

However, the move towards a more family orientated event is a new initiative.

It follows criticism of the 2015 Summer Market which is run by the same ‘team’ of volunteers.

The summer event will not be held next year but is planned to return in 2017.

Market committee spokesman Peter Foster said: “The Christmas market has always been popular - more popular than the Summer Market.

“There has been criticism of the summer event, which is unfair in many ways because we are very dependant on the weather and unfortunately it rained for most of the day.

“People need to remember that it is run by volunteers who give their time and effort to do something positive for the town.

“We decided to look again at the Christmas market and we think adding more children’s attractions - while retaining the traditional elements - will help bring in families.”

A highlight promises to be a hunt for ‘Missing Minions’ which will be hidden in shop windows.

Twenty three town businesses have come forward to support the competition and there will be prizes for the winners.

Discussions are also underway to attract more children’s rides.

The market will be opened by town mayor Councillor Angela Birchall.

Well known entertainer Darren Yates will be performing and will be compere for the day ,

Music will come from The Billinghay Ruffs, Itchy Fingers, Horncastle Community Choir and the Red Lion Theatre’s Young Stagers,

Other attractions include a Punch and Judy show , the Alford Morris Men - and Father Christmas.

The town’s Brownies will be

providing light refreshments in the Community Centre,

Organisers say they are grateful for the continued support of the Town Council and local businesses.

lThe market will be open from 11-4pm. More details will follow.