Review of 2013: January

From left: Joseph Bromley, Cameron Braithwaite and Bradley Braithwaite with three of the yellow ducks at the end of the race

From left: Joseph Bromley, Cameron Braithwaite and Bradley Braithwaite with three of the yellow ducks at the end of the race

The community came together to help find Market Rasen pensioner Mary Scott, who went missing from her home two days after Christmas.

It was a huge search operation - involving a special police helicopter and many officers on the ground - but tragically Mary’s body was discovered on January 7 on land in Sixhills. Mary, who had Alzheimer’s disease, was described as a “phenomenal lady” by her family.

In Middle Rasen, the annual duck race once again attracted crowds of people. The event, organised by the village’s cricket and football club, saw hundreds of yellow plastic ducks make their way their way from Parry’s Bridge along a very fast flowing River Rase in a record time of six minutes.

They finished at the bridge in Church Street - and everyone was keen to own the winning duck. But there could only be one winner and first prize went to Alan Read with his duck ‘horatio 3’.

The story of Tank, Ron Brocklesby’s 14-year-old Labrador, warmed everyone’s heart. Tank had been in the back of Ron’s van when it was stolen from his Market Rasen home. Three days passed and Ron had given up hope of ever seeing his beloved pet again. But as if by some miracle, Tank was discovered by a commuter 27 miles away, in Nottinghamshire, walking down the middle of a busy 60mph a-road at rush hour.

The streets of Market Rasen were festooned with art installations in the run up to a month-long festival in the town. Plank 2013, organised by Market Rasen Business Improvement Group (MR BIG), saw diverse exhibitions by independent artists from across the county in all kinds of unusual places. MR BIG said it was a celebration of Rasen’s assets and qualities.

Heavy snow fell across the area causing widespread disruption on the roads - and many schools were forced to close. But the snowy weather meant there was plenty of fun to be had for families, from sledging to building snowmen, everyone enjoyed the winter wonderland.

Market Rasen Town Council caused quite a stir when it refused to co-opt anyone to fill a vacancy. Iit made the decision behind closed doors, causing even more anger. Then, to make matters worse, the council chose to hold another secret meeting to discuss the row. In the end, an election was held and resident Carol Skye won the vote.




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