Market was a credit to whole community, so thanks to all

EDITOR – “Hear ye, hear ye,” (as our town crier would say) can we thank everyone who helped to make last Monday’s Extraordinary Pop Up Market such a huge success.

It was fun, colourful, exciting and inspiring, grabbed media attention and showed what Market Rasen can achieve by working together as one BIG community.

Hats off to all our wonderful community groups for interesting stalls: Lindsey Trail and Poachers Harness Club, Wolds Countryside Service, Wolds Walking Festival, Walkers Are Welcome, Rotary and Lions (for sharing expertise), Rase Heritage Society and Station Adoption Group, Rasen Jubilee Committee and Rasen Hub. And to the town council for giving the market place and stalls free of charge.

Take a bow you awesome stallholders: Smudged (for big posters too), Mill Nursery, Cottage Garden Flower Co, Lincolnshire Tree Services, Blue River Jewellery, Wolds Target Accessories, Style Studio, Dave Jefferson and Rhodes Fitted Kitchens, Talented crafters Voo Dollys, Seb van Breukelen, Carol Parker, Donna Under the Stairs, Chez Moi and Fairtrade Point of Contact.

To lovely local food businesses who made it so tasty: Country Markets, Sunnyside Up, Ffeisty’s Emporium (for cakes for our Instagram meet too), Cupcakes by Claire, Jenny’s Jams, Chapman’s Fish Cakes, Oak Tree Farm, Goat Wood Dairy, Gourmet Spice Co, Garnett’s Ice Cream and Crepe Lucette.

Applause for rocking our world to busker Karl Toth and Martyn Gammidge courtesy of Touches at The George – who we thank for hosting our Portas Pilot DVD, business cards and barbecue so well catered by the Rotary Club at short notice.

Thanks to the children and staff of Market Rasen Church of England Primary School (fishes and wishes), Lincolnshire Co-op (use of the building and Think Tank prizes), The White Swan (free squash) Garnett’s Sweets (Fish Trail prizes). Lincolnshire Signs & Solar, Green Dolphin and Push Creativity (prep and materials), to high street traders: Priceless, Blue River Jewellery, Indulgence, Market Rasen Pet Centre, The Gift Horse, Rasen DIY and Jossals for hosting the trail and Forget Me Not Florists for the fun Marshalls’ ribbons ,and display volunteers: Angela, Vidge, Zoe, Alison, Caroline, Rita and David.

Thanks also to Beverley Farrow of Touches, whose salon became BBC Radio Lincs’ studio, Darren Lince of The Advocate and Jackie Smith of Beltec for seamless operations and to Sara, Sarah and Kerry Hallsworth for admin.

A pat on the back to professional marketers Angela Montague of Push Creativity, Sara Scott of Brand Thing and Sarah of Sarah Lamballe Copywriting for the design, artwork, PR and social media publicity that captured everyone’s imagination.

Well done to Angela for successfully pulling off Lincolnshire’s first ever Instameet that saw snappers from Grimsby to Rutland joining our official photographer Ashley Taylor in capturing great images of the town (view online under #popgoesrasen).

Cheers to the few, but hugely valued, BIG Sweep Up volunteers who turned up to clean the Market Place on Sunday, to WLDC for providing bags and to The Foyer residents, town councillors and volunteers who helped put stalls up and down.

Finally, thank you dear editor for getting so positively behind the town, with biggest thanks of all to the people of Market Rasen for coming out in force to support our first ever MR BIG market.

Let’s hope it’s the first of many.

MR BIG

(Market Rasen Business Improvement Group)