Help make market a cracker

Last year's lights switch-on.
Last year's lights switch-on.
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A plan to put Spalding on the map for its Christmas market could be one of the first projects involving the help of the new town centre manager.

Many stalls have already signed up for the Sunday Christmas Craft and General Market on November 30.

But as it is being run on the same weekend as the craft fair in Ayscoughfee Hall and Gardens on the Saturday and Sunday, and it follows the Christmas lights switch-on on the Friday - creating a three-day festive celebration – organisers at Spalding Town Retailers’ Association are hopeful the event is something that can be built on.

Gavin Allmand, chairman of the association, said: “Our goal is clearly to get as many of the right mix of stalls as possible and to make the Sunday something special to potentially build on year on year.

“Having the two events in the town gives locals and visitors more to see and do and less reason to go elsewhere.”

The association is urging traders, stallholders, seasonal art and craft stallholders and seasonal caterers to get in touch and book a pitch. Email

Entertainers and performers are also needed for the Christmas lights switch-on. Anyone interested can call Jan Whitbourn on 01775 712400 or email