Log cabins selling unique festive gifts could be a big feature in the run-up to Christmas 2016 in Spalding.
The idea has come from Spalding town centre manager Dennis Hannant as part of his bid to take the fledgling Spalding Christmas market, now in its second year, to bigger and better things.
Mr Hannant said: “The aspiration is to build up the Spalding Christmas Market and the attractions such as street food, music, carol singing and street performers, in order to encourage people to visit the Spalding Christmas Market rather than to go elsewhere.
“Ideally I would like to see a number of log cabins set up in either the Red Lion Quarter or in a part of the Sheep Market from late November, selling unique Christmas gifts that cannot be found in the town, just to start the build up to Christmas.”
He’s borrowing the log cabins idea from the South Bank in London, which he visited at the weekend.
“They had an array of log cabin stalls selling items from many parts of the world that would make ideal gifts and many hot and cold food stalls selling chocolates, sweets and scrummy take away meals,” he said. “I was also surprised to see a Boston Sausage stall there selling their famous Lincolnshire sausages and their stall was really busy.”
Spalding’s Christmas Market went ahead on Sunday after being postponed from the week before due to a weather forecast predicting high winds and rain.
Mr Hannant says the cancellation, albeit for the right reasons, had a negative effect for local shops who organised something special on that day to run alongside the market but hopes they will back the 2016 market.
He said: “What I am now conscious of is the need to advertise all the special deals and events that are happening locally on the day of the Christmas Market and will be working more closely with shop owners to achieve this.”
Chamber of Commerce chiefs have praised Mr Hannant for delivering activities to “grow the town centre” during his first year in post.
This includes development of a town centre plan, called The Springfields Effect, and his work on Spalding in Bloom and Spalding Food Festival.
• Events for 2016 include another Food Festival and continental markets. Mr Hannant is also seeking consent to hold commercial activities in Market Place on non-market days.