Festival atmosphere for Market Place music

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SPALDING is preparing for a Youth Takeover to fill the streets with music.

The first Music in the Market Place was staged in front of South Holland Centre on Thursday afternoon.

Singer-songwriter Meg McPartlin performing at Music in the Market Place in Spalding.

Singer-songwriter Meg McPartlin performing at Music in the Market Place in Spalding.

Shoppers were able to relax in the sunshine in deckchairs to be entertained by teenagers and other under-25s.

The Arts Council-funded initiative has been supported by South Holland Centre, Lincolnshire One Venues and Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

It was entirely produced by young volunteers and 13 local singers and musicians performed during the afternoon.

Project worker Chelsey Barnes said: “We are really pleased with how it’s going. We started at noon and we’ve had about 100 people watching at all times.

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“It is a totally volunteer-led event using their ideas and it has been fantastic seeing it come together.”

Volunteer Ally Cuthbert (20) is doing a degree in events management at Manchester University and was doing work experience at South Holland Centre as part of the course when the opportunity to get involved came up.

She said: “I have to do risk assessments as part of my uni work and so I did one for this event.

“The experience has been really good. We originally wanted to create a garden effect, but there were too many health and safety issues with bringing in such things as fences and so we decided to create a mini summer festival atmosphere by bringing in deckchairs.”

One of the artists was 15-year-old Spalding singer-songwriter Meg McPartlin.

Meg, of Willesby Road, said: “I was approached to perform by a friend of the family and I’m really pleased I did.

“I’ve been performing at gigs since I was 12 years old and this is what I want to do one day.”

Among those watching was Emily Ormes (13), of High Street, Holbeach.

She said: “This is a great idea because it’s free and it promotes people’s music.

“I often come into town with my friends but this has made it really special.”

l Anyone wishing to get involved in future events should call the centre on 01775 764777.