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Spalding traders welcome entertainment acts on market days

Entertainment acts visited Spalding town centre on Tuesday to provide fun for market visitors.

This was the first in a series of events planned for market days in Spalding and Holbeach as part of a bid to encourage people to return to their town centres.

The programme aims to give visitors extra reason to support local businesses after the pandemic.

Stilt Walkers in Spalding town centre (47799966)
Stilt Walkers in Spalding town centre (47799966)

Businesses on Hall Place and Market Place, where the entertainment took place, have reacted to the impact the scheme has had so far.

Jill Chapman, the assistant manager at Robert Goddard, said business has been getting better since the entertainment began.

“Things are definitely improving,” she said. “We have noticed a difference since it started.

“We’ve been pretty busy so far. Anything that encourages more people to come down to the town can only be a good thing.”

Julie Newman, who runs the Sizzling Grill food van on Market Place, believes the first round of entertainers had a positive impact.

“It’s really nice to see, it’s great to have something different,” she said.

“There’s a nice ambience that it brings, and there’s a real feel-good factor.

“One of the street singers has been here over the past two weeks and it creates a better atmosphere.”

Despite the local success, Julie isn’t sure that the scheme will attract visitors from outside of the town.

“I don’t actually know that it will help to bring extra people in, to be honest,” she said.

“It could maybe help at weekends. If there is some live music on, or something like that, then people might come at the end of the week.

“During the week, I’m not sure if it will make that big of a difference in that regard.”

A spokesperson for Gibbs shoe shop said that despite having some markets just outside their store, the entertainment hasn’t had much of an impact on their business.

They said part of the reason for this comes from the entertainers focusing on the top of Hall Place and Market Place.

The owner of a pop-up toy stall on the street, named Allen, said: “I think it has been getting busier since it started.”

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