Back the markets... and buy the T-shirt

MR BIG-Wendy Harrison - Blue River Jewellery
MR BIG-Wendy Harrison - Blue River Jewellery

IT’S official! BIG Markets are a regular fixture in Rasen.

MR BIG promised that they would put the market back into Market Rasen and this Saturday the Portas Pilot- winning business group will hold its first official monthly market.

With around 30 stalls the market will be 10 times bigger than the current weekly Saturday market, with a mixture of local food producers and craft workers showing their products.

Jackie Smith, BIG Market director, said: “Mary told us to aim BIG and we certainly are.

“In addition to a bigger selection of stalls there will be a dedicated cafe area under the auction shed, a short-term kids club at the Festival Hall, entertainment, plus a new lay-out which will make the market a place where people can spend some time. Our aim is to make it a real community space.”

MR BIG will also be operating a stall selling its own range of products.

Sara Scott, responsible for BIG marketing, said: “There is a great buzz about the town and people want to do their bit.

“Our T-shirts, mugs, umbrellas and shopping bags will help people spread the word far and wide. People have already been spotted in the T-shirts and we hope the whole town will be wearing them by next Saturday and beyond.”

Traders on the high street are also supporting the market, creating offers that can be taken up by customers on the day.

Ken Greenwood, MR BIG’s trader liaison, said “Putting the market at the centre of the community is vital for the high street’s long-term health.”

But Market offers are just the start. Traders are being encouraged to make regular offers to customers showing their support by shopping with MR BIG bags, or wearing their BIG T-shirts.

The central idea is one of Mary Portas’s own – to encourage people to shop locally and, in doing so, play their part in High Street revitalisation.

Show your support at any of the BIG markets, that will be held on the first Saturday of every month between now and Christmas, with the exception of August when MR BIG will be supporting the planned Summer Market, organised by the town’s Rotary Club.