Review of 2013: February

Almost 200 runners streamed through the starting arch
Almost 200 runners streamed through the starting arch

It was smiles all round when news broke that Market Rasen had won an award for having the best small speciality market in Britain.

The National Association of British Market Authorities was impressed with the town’s monthly themed markets organised by MR BIG. And at the time, the markets had only been running for nine months.

Claxby’s Brian Hunter travelled to Buckingham Palace where Prince Charles presented him with an MBE for services to policing. Brian was recognised for 33 years service as a special constable.

A humble Brian told the Rasen Mail: “It is a service to the community and I get great satisfaction in helping other people.” Over the years, Brian has volunteered more than 18,000 hours of his time.

Torrential rain in November meant the Market Rasen leg of the West Lindsey run series had to be postponed until this month.

The weather was still not great, but runners of all ages braved the bitterly cold conditions to complete the 10k race. First home at Rasen was Pumlani Bangani, who also won at Gainsborough and Saxilby to win the series.

Famous retail guru Mary Portas came to town to check on Market Rasen’s progress since winning a £100,000 government grant to revitalise the high street.

MR BIG breathed a huge sigh as the ‘Queen of Shops’ gave the town a big thumbs up. Of all the places awarded funding, Mary said Market Rasen was one of the best she had seen.

As the February 27 edition was going to press, Lincolnshire Police announced that its Chief Constable Neil Rhodes had been suspended from 
duty by the county’s 
Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Hardwick over ‘potential conduct matters’. Mr Rhodes was later cleared of any wrongdoing by a 
High Court judge in Manchester.