SUMMER events in the town have helped put Rasen on the map.
That was the conclusion of the Open Gardens and Summer Market Organising Committee at their recent meeting.
And such was the success of these events, it has been agreed both the Spring Gardening Market and the Open Gardens/Summer Market events will be repeated in 2012 – the Spring Gardening Market on the weekend of June 2 and 3, with the Open Gardens and Summer Market on Saturday, August 4.
The number of visitors to both events this year exceeded expectations and there was an excess of income over expenditure.
The money raised will be shared equally between Market Rasen Rotary Club and Market Rasen Town Council.
The Rotarians, who supported and helped to organise the event, will use the proceeds to support Rotary Charities including the purchase of Shelterboxes to help families suffering disasters, such as the drought in Eastern Africa, and Market Rasen Town Council will retain the money for future events, ensuring no cost to town residents.
“One of the reasons for the events being so popular was the town centre location,” said Derek Anderson who chaired the organising committee.
“This enabled a range of local businesses and organisations to lend their support.
“The achievement was further enhanced through early publicity including the wide circulation of a full colour leaflet.”
Mr Anderson also commented that the support of the Market Rasen Mail had been invaluable. “There had been excellent coverage in the run-up to the event and also been an excellent report and photographic record after the event,” he said.
“This can only be good for the town’s image.”
The event was organised by a committee of volunteers representing Market Traders, local businesses, Rotary International, Market Rasen Flower and Gardening Clubs, Market Rasen Lions and Market Rasen Town Council (Ken Bridger).
“We would also like to thank those who were kind enough to open their Gardens,” added Mr Anderson.
Anyone prepared to Open their Garden in 2012 or join the market traders can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01673 842495 for details.