BIG plans to put the market back in Rasen

BIG plans are afoot to put the ‘market’ back into Market Rasen - for one day anyway.

The Extraordinary Portas Pop-up Market will be held on Monday, May 14, from 3pm to 7pm and will feature stalls of local food, plus arts and crafts producers, as well as local traders.

The event is being organised by the Market Rasen Business Improvement Group, MR BIG, and was prompted by a visit from BBC Radio Lincolnshire, who will be broadcasting their Drivetime show from the Market Place that evening.

“When the BBC got in touch, we thought this is an opportunity that is simply too good to miss,” said Sara Scott, who runs a local branding business and is part of MR BIG.

“Our work to date has seen us lay down plans for the transformation of our town centre and Saturday market - now we’ve got the opportunity to prove that we can make it happen in practice.”

For MR BIG, the pop-up market event comes hot on the heels of creating a video for the Mary Portas Pilot in an attempt to secure a share of £1million government funding to help transform the town.

Part of MR BIG’s strategy is to help start up businesses earn their stripes on the market and progress to retail premises to reinvigorate the high street.

Organisers say the event on Mat 14 will showcase lots of new and fledgling businesses - offering a unique shopping experience from arts and craft to jewellery, artisan food, drink, local dairy ice cream, plants, flowers, even new music, all in one ‘pop-up’ package.

A number of different community groups will also be at the event, publicising a host of up-coming events for the town as a whole to enjoy.

“We hope as many people as possible will come along for what promises to be a very pleasant evening indeed,” added Sara.

“All are welcome, invite your friends.

“Let’s impress the BBC and help put Market Rasen on the map.”

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