Spalding Christmas Market disappoints Chamber and the public

The Red Bus fish and chip shop was kept busy during the Spalding Christmas Market on Sunday. SG271116-122TW

The Red Bus fish and chip shop was kept busy during the Spalding Christmas Market on Sunday. SG271116-122TW

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Spalding was busy on Sunday for the Christmas Market which saw children’s rides in Sheep Market and stalls in Hall Place and Market Place.

The Rotary Club of South Holland provided festive music from its Santa Sleigh and there was an elf doing a spot of magic and performing tricks to entertain passers-by.

Jocelyn Atkinson has a hug with Santa. SG271116-123TW

Jocelyn Atkinson has a hug with Santa. SG271116-123TW

But Spalding and District Area Chamber of Commerce has expressed its disappointment because a number of stalls simply didn’t turn up and “a large number of independent traders” didn’t open their shops.

Chamber president Phil Scarlett said: “The Chamber of Commerce supported the Christmas market with the aim to attract shoppers into the town to increase footfall to the local shops.

“After last year when the weather was truly awful it was difficult in attracting stalls. I was disappointed to learn that a number of market stalls simply didn’t turn up and this left the overall appearance looking disappointing.

“I was equally disappointed to find a large number of 
independent retailers didn’t open, despite the Chamber agreeing the market date with them.”

Paul and Tracy Wainwright with Koady and Sadie from Central German Shepherd Rescue. SG271116-118TW

Paul and Tracy Wainwright with Koady and Sadie from Central German Shepherd Rescue. SG271116-118TW

The Christmas Market festive spirit eluded most commentators on social media.

One post said: “My parents came all the way from Nottingham to go to the Christmas Market. What a waste of petrol: couple of stalls and some battery go-karts. Oh, and a mobile chippy – what’s festive about that? This town seriously needs sorting out.”

The market was organised by former town centre manager Dennis Hannant, who was not available to comment yesterday, while district councillor Roger Gambba-Jones tweeted: “Before anybody gets their pens out to drop a line to the local press, the Spalding Christmas market was NOT organised by @SHollandDC.”

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