Traders are thinking BIG with Portas plan

MORE than 40 traders have already shown an interest in Market Rasen’s Extraordinary Portas Pop-up Market taking place on Monday, May 14.

But there will be much more than just market stalls to bring people into the town and create a buzz around the event, organised by MR BIG (Market Rasen Business Improvement Group).

The group is working with Market Rasen Church of England Primary and Lincs Co-operative to turn the former Square Bar into a giant aquarium.

Chris Cocking, foodstore operations manager for Lincs Co-op, has secured permission for the MR BIG display team to use the vacant space as a pop–up artwork and fill those big square windows with fish created by all the children at the school – so that’s 269 fish.

Each fish will be blowing a bubble filled with the child’s wish for Market Rasen. The fishes and wishes will create a Children’s Think Tank, which should look amazing and prove how much the children care about the future of the town.

The fish tank will be revealed at 3pm on Monday to coincide with the start of the Extraordinary Pop up Portas Market and school leaving time.

Angela Montague, of Push Creativity, who filmed the Market Rasen Portas Pilot video and came up with the idea, said: “We hope The Think Tank will lead lots of families into the market as they want to see where their children’s fish are and prove a great talking point for the BBC team broadcasting from 4pm-7pm.”

There will also be a fun Fish Trail in which families visiting the market can take part. The trail will lead children and their parents along the high street to meet traders in the shops and cafes opening late to coincide with the market.

Children will have to spot the trader’s own fish, ask the fish’s name and jot it down on their trail sheet, which they’ll show to Louise at Garnett’s, who has very kindly donated fishy themed treats to reward intrepid fish spotters.

Andrew Smith, headteacher at Market Rasen Primary School, is very keen to involve the school with MR BIG’s vision for the revitalisation of the town and has arranged for prefects to select two finalists from each class on Friday this week to help the judges on the market day.

l Before the market is unveiled MR BIG needs your help to make sure Market Rasen is looking its best for market visitors.

A Big Sweep has been organised for Sunday, May 13, kicking off at 3pm in the Market Place. Residents are asked to bring a broom or shovel and plenty of elbow grease to help out.