Flower power in the market place

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SHOPPERS packed the Market Place in Rasen on Saturday as the Gardeners’ Market filled the town.

Hundreds of people packed the Market Place for a chance to look at the wide range of specialist garden equipment and plants on offer.

The market proved so popular that traffic was queued from one end of the town centre to the other.

Deputy Mayor Steve Bunney said: “It’s gone very well and the feedback has been very positive so far.

“This was put together by the traders really; they wanted this market and the town can support it.”

There was also a range of food and craft stalls to entice people into town, refreshments were served in St Thomas’ Church Hall, and Market Rasen Lions were on hand to help people carry heavy items to their cars.

Steve Penney, of Waltham Herbs, who helped to organise the event, said: “I am pleased we kept on going with it. Everybody seems pleased to see the market here.”

And with the success of the town’s Country Fair at the racecourse last month and the Gardeners’ Market at the weekend, it seems to prove Market Rasen can support multiple events each year.

Mayor Ken Bridger said: “We’ll take it back to a two-day event next year and bring it back to what it was.

“The town can certainly support an event in town and support events at the racecourse. This is a different event, this is just a market really, but I have seen more people take stuff away this year than ever, people have come to buy, not look.

“We’re looking forward now to the one next month, which will be a slightly larger event with the open gardens.”

The next event, the Market Rasen Open Gardens and Summer Market, will take place on Saturday, July 30.

There will again be the traditional market on the town square, but there will also be a number of gardens open to view and Market Rasen Flower Club will be holding its design show in the Festival Hall.

The event is co-organised by the Market Rasen and District Rotary Club, with profits from the day going to charity.