‘We want to grow Spalding’s Christmas market’

Spalding town centre manager Dennis Hannant hopes the Christmas market will grow.

Spalding town centre manager Dennis Hannant hopes the Christmas market will grow.

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Spalding’s Christmas street market will go ahead on Sunday with more than 40 stalls as well as fairground rides expected to be in town.

The market was speedily rescheduled after forecast high winds and rain forced the cancellation of last Sunday’s event.

Fun at last year's Christmas market in Spalding. SG301114-137TW

Fun at last year's Christmas market in Spalding. SG301114-137TW

Spalding town centre manager Dennis Hannant had expected it to be impossible to have a Sunday market before Christmas as it normally takes 13 weeks to go through official procedures to notify the public of road closures.

But Lincolnshire County Highways confirmed on Tuesday that the market can go ahead from 10am-4pm.

Mr Hannant says some traders have had to drop out, because they are booked elsewhere, but the market should go ahead this time.

He said there will be an inspection on the day and the only reason for the event to be called off would be if bad weather puts people’s safety at risk.

I want to establish that we have a Christmas market every year and get it bigger and better every year

Town centre manager Dennis Hannant

“If the market inspector and I turn up in the morning, and it’s blowing a gale and raining, we need to make the decision as safety officers,” he said.

He wants to see Spalding’s Christmas market go from strength to strength and says its important for it to be held this year.

“I want to establish that we have a Christmas market every year and get it bigger and better every year,” he said.

When the Guardian checked the weather forecast for South Holland on Sunday, it gave rain with a high of 12C for the day.

Sunday will also see Holbeach holding its Christmas market – with stalls around All Saints’ Church – and it too has a 10am start.

Christmas florist Paul Foyster and his wife Sue were due to stand at Spalding’s Christmas market last weekend and Holbeach this weekend.

Now they will split their efforts, with Sue covering Spalding and Paul manning at stall in Holbeah.

He’s delighted Spalding’s Christmas event has been rescued.

“It was the right thing to do,” said Paul. “It just shows how quickly Lincolnshire Highways can do this when they want to.”