MR BIG Christmas Market also set to be a bumper affair

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MR BIG is ending 2014 on a high by delivering a big sack of traders.

Some 40 stalls have already signed up to attend the MR BIG Christmas Market this Saturday, with some appearing for the first time.

Among them, Charlotte Martin of Lincoln, who will be selling hand-sculpted fantasy figures and giftware.

After standing Lincoln’s Christmas Market last year, Charlotte feels it has “lost everything going for it” because it is now “too busy, too expensive and too many products on sale are imported.”

“Smaller markets tend to appreciate handcrafted goods and small businesses.”

Simone and Richard Barr of Ladybird Foods of Brigg will be at their fourth MR BIG market selling gluten-free and wheat-free and dairy-free foods.

“Everybody is very friendly and there are many coeliacs in Rasen. Lincoln market is too big and you would be easily overlooked,” said Simone.

Emma Fairhall of Kirkby will be selling candleholders and electric lights from Germany and said she loves the market for its friendly stallholders and customers.

Sara Scott, chair of MR BIG, said the market will be a less-crowded and stress-free alternative to Lincoln. Saturday is also Small Business Saturday, which highlights the need to support your local high street.

“It’s not just about shopping. It’s about people coming together, having a bit to eat, socialising and being part of the rural community,” she said.