The Market’s back in Rasen

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THIS is only the start of Market Rasen Town Centre’s regeneration.

That was the message from MR BIG members at Market Rasen’s Extraordinary Portas Pop-up Market.

Market Rasen BIG market

Market Rasen BIG market

MR BIG member Sarah Lamballe said: “I hope everyone has had a great time and has seen what people can do when we work together.

“We want to have different people coming together and have different pop-up markets. There are a lot of people who cannot get on to the markets at Brigg or Caistor that we could have here.

“Next we want to talk to the town council about running the regular market.”

Lincolnshire Co-op, as one of Rasen’s largest property landlords, are also working in partnership with MR BIG. The two organisations have already met to discuss decorative ironwork for Market Place Walk and painting town centre buildings.

Chris Cocking from Lincs Co-op, who also lives in Market Rasen, said: “We hope to back the town and back MR BIG. We all want the same common aim.”

Traders and community groups filled the Market Place on Monday to draw shoppers into the town, but one of the main attractions of the day proved to be the display of art in the windows of the former Square Wine Bar.

Some 269 fish, one made by every child at Market Rasen Church of England Primary School, turned the building into a mock aquarium. And each fish carried a child’s wish for the town.

The most popular wish was for a swimming pool, with a cinema, a toy shop, a fun fair and more sports pitches also ranking highly. Among some of the more diverse wishes for the town was a Harry Potter Land, to move Cadbury World to Market Rasen and eight requests for a zoo. Meanwhile one pupil wished for “Everybody to be happy.”

Headteacher at the school Andrew Smith said: “Nearly all of our children live in the town and I think it is a great initiative MR BIG are putting on and wanted to support the children to make the town even more beautiful.”

Gallamore Lane clothing and print firm Smudged made I Love Market Rasen t-shirts for the day. And Steve French from the company said the demand was such for their products that they were looking to recruit, anyone interested should visit www.smudged.co.uk or call 0844 567 2985.

Town Mayor Steve Bunney said: “We are delighted that the local businesses have all come together as MR BIG to improve the High Street and today’s market hopefully will be the frontrunner to many more events and markets in the town to help bring in trade, tourists and locals alike.”

Youngsters from The Foyer in Market Rasen also got involved in the day, helping to erect and dismantle the stalls. MR BIG members hope projects like this will help lead to apprenticeships and jobs for young people.