A COMMUNITY-led drive to illuminate Market Rasen’s centre with £10,000 worth of festive lights this Christmas is gaining momentum.
Following a number of complaints from residents that the town was within any seasonal decoration last year, apart from the Market Place Christmas tree, deputy mayor Steve Bunney has met with traders, business owners, Market Rasen’s Christmas tree committee, the youth council and Market Rasen Development Trust to come up with a scheme to buy new energy efficient LED lights.
The Christmas lights committee is now writing to each of the town’s businesses to ask whether they would be interested in being part of the organising group or contribute £20 towards the costly scheme.
As well as this a number of fundraising events are being organised, large sponsors approached and council grants applied for.
Coun Bunney said: “The main thrust of the last meeting was that Market Rasen needs Christmas lights and that the provision of said lights should be a community partnership activity and not left to a small group of traders.
“It is hoped that all traders and businesses in the town will support this venture. We recognise that not all parties can take a full active role, but moral support and support with fundraising will be appreciated.
“If each business was to contribute £20 to the coffers this will produce a sum of over £1,000.”
Last Monday a survey of the King Street, Queen Street, Union Street and the Market Place was undertaken to provide essential information needed to back grant applications to West Lindsey District Council, Tesco and Lincolnshire Co-op.
The organising committee also considered placing Christmas trees on brackets above town centre shops as has been done in previous years, but felt that there was a lack of interest in this project.
The next meeting of the community committee is being held tonight, Wednesday, at 6pm in The Chase.
A fundraising race night has also been organised for Wednesday, July 27 at The Chase. Tickets cost £5 in advance, £6 on the door and will include a pea and pie supper. Doors open at 6.30pm and the first race is 7.30pm.
Further fundraising events are being scheduled, with the Market Rasen Youth Council organising a disco for the autumn and as well as a town-wide raffle.
Tickets for the race night can be purchased from The Chase, or from Rasen Hub.