Getting ready for fun of Bourne Christmas Market

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BOURNE is gearing up for its Christmas Market tomorrow.

Abbey Road and North Street will be closed and filled with a funfair, continental market, entertainment and more.

Santa’s grotto will be in The Angel Hotel and he will even be bringing his reindeer. There will also be stalls in the Burghley Centre car park.

The event has been organised by Bourne traders, headed by Gordon Cochran.

Gordon, who runs Gordon’s Photographic in North Street, said: “We want people to come here and have fun and I think most of the shops have taken that to heart.

Abbey Road will be closed to traffic from 9am with the continental market due to get under way at about 10am.

North Street will be closed to traffic from midday with Christmas entertainment kicking off at 1pm.

Traders will be running a prize draw alongside the event.

Anyone spending £5 or more in participating shops before December 17 will be entered into the draw, which will have two hamper prizes packed with goodies worth hundreds of pounds.

The prizes have been donated by businesses, organisations and members of the public and are sitting in the window of Double and Megson in West Street.

Stalls will fill High Street East in Uppingham late-night shopping, which takes place on Thursday from 5pm onwards.

There will be a Victoria funfair, a fire breather and juggler and performances from primary schools, including Leighfield and Uppingham CE, as well as The Rutland Band and Rutland morris men.

Leicester Tigers will be there and Santa will be in his grotto in Baines Tea Room. A craft fair will be held in Uppingham Town Hall and Rutland Willows will be there.

On Monday, December 12, Oakham will hold its late night shopping event, which also starts at 5pm.

The stalls will be on the High Street, between Church Street and Mill Street. There will be live music and there will also be fire eaters and stilt walkers in the town centre.

There will also be a bungee run.