PLANS by a Market Rasen business to brighten up Market Rasen for the festive season were dashed after a disaster with a double decker.
The Advocate Arms Hotel in the town’s Queen Street looked resplendent with its 11-foot Christmas tree, awash with 800 LED lights, adorning the entrance canopy ahead of Christmas.
“The tree was obviously a focal point, and we have had loads of positive comments from people,” said owner Darren Lince.
“Some people were coming into the hotel and not buying anything, but simply taking the trouble to thank us for making a little atmosphere in the town.”
But then, just days before Christmas, the number 3 Stagecoach bus mounted the path when negotiating the George Street turning and hit the front canopy of the hotel.
Sadly, the tree and lights were irreparably damaged.
“You can imagine my frustration,” added Mr Lince.
“After having to erect the tree with a teleporter at 7am on the Saturday morning before the main road was busy and then to not have the tree up over Christmas - it is a great shame.”
But Mr Lince says he is undeterred by this incident.
“We do plan to repeat the exercise next year and we hope that some of the other traders and town council will join us in making the town as festive as possible.”
To avoid similar incidents taking place on Boxing Day, when traffic through the town was heavy due to the races, the council took the precaution of closing George Street to motor vehicles at the A46/Gallamore Lane turning and diverting traffic back into Market Rasen along King Street.