Review of 2013: July

Looking lovely: some of the students pictured at the The Vale Academy prom
Looking lovely: some of the students pictured at the The Vale Academy prom

Market Rasen geared up for its BIG gig in July as the town hosted part of 
a nationwide music festival.

The Saturday of Our BIG Gig turned out to be one of the hottest of the year and the summer sun had a constant, and very welcome, part to play in a number of July’s events.

More than 8,000 people turned out for a glamorous day in the heat as Market Rasen Racecourse held its annual Ladies Day.

Designer dresses were also the order of the day as Caistor Grammar, Caistor Yarborough, The Vale Academy and De Aston school leavers held their proms across the district.

July also saw the birth of the Royal baby, Prince George. And Faldingworth couple Anna Tutty and Toby Collett had their own bundle of joy to celebrate of the same day as Prince William and Princess Catherine.

Anna gave birth to a baby boy on the same day as the Duchess of Cambridge and was one of 2,013 new mums to receive a commemorative silver penny.

There was good news meanwhile for Post Office workers in Market Rasen. The Royal Mail announced that 17 part-time and temporary jobs will be made full-time to deal with an increase in the number of parcels posted.

Lincolnshire’s Hospitals were not receiving good news however. The Keogh Review was published and named United Lincolnshire Hospitals as one of the NHS Trusts with abnormally high death rates.

There were also concerns voiced by Market Rasen rail passengers after almost 25 people were left standing on the platform because the train from Grimsby to Newark, via Lincoln, was full.

Market Rasen Rail Users Group called on East Midlands Trains to provide a better service and gained the backing of Sir Edward Leigh MP, who took the residents’ concerns to Westminster and the Secretary of State for Transport.