Webcam will show Market Place in Uppingham all year round

Uppingham Fatstock show, Market Place, Uppingham.'Aerial shot taken from the Falcon Hotel.'Photo: Oliver'SM-R112608_030ow.jpg
Uppingham Fatstock show, Market Place, Uppingham.'Aerial shot taken from the Falcon Hotel.'Photo: Oliver'SM-R112608_030ow.jpg
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The comings and goings of a busy market square are set to be broadcast online for the world to see via a live webcam in a bid to boost tourism.

Community partnership group Uppingham First has been given permission to install the high definition camera on a wall above The Vaults pub in Market Place, Uppingham.

The camera will transmit a live feed to the Uppingham First website 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The project will allow people to watch town events such as Uppingham Fatstock Show and the annual classic car show which runs through the town.

There will also be a chance for businesses and groups to promote themselves during allotted times on camera, in a style similar to a Speakers’ Corner.

The camera could be up and running by the end of the month.

Uppingham First secretary Ron Simpson is excited at the prospect.

He said: “Everyone will be able to access the camera on our website and we hope it will promote the town for tourists around the world.”

The camera and installation is set to cost £2,000.

Uppingham First received £500 for the project after the idea won a competition hosted by Action For Market Towns, a national group which aims to promote vibrant and viable small towns, at an awards ceremony in Birmingham.

The area is already under CCTV surveillance, monitored by police. St Peter and St Paul’s Church also has a CCTV camera.

The live feed will be available via a link on Uppingham First’s website at www.uppinghamfirst.co.uk

The camera needed permission to be installed from Rutland County Council as it is in a conservation area.