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Saturday market starts with music and entertainment on April 20 in the Deepings

A Saturday street market is preparing to launch next Saturday (April 20) in Market Deeping town centre.

The first event takes place on Easter weekend and will feature live music, an Easter egg hunt and family entertainment.

An artisan baker and a fishmonger will be alongside the customary fruit and veg stalls, pitches selling fishing tackle, vintage vinyl records and more.

Historian Pam Byrd (8441851)
Historian Pam Byrd (8441851)

Growing the area's economy is South Kesteven District Council's priority and residents and businesses have welcomed the new market, which aims to bring more people into the town.

Kerry Pammenter, of Cinnamon Coffee Shop, said: “I'm hoping the market will bring more footfall to the area, which will bring us more customers and really pick up Market Deeping town centre.”

Teaching assistant Tracey Keating, of Deeping St James, said: “I can't get to the Wednesday market because I'm at work so having one on Saturday means I can come down and have a browse.”

Market Deeping is steeped in history. Between 1220 and 1308 charters were granted for a weekly market, first on a Thursday and then on a Wednesday.

Pam Byrd, a local historian who lives in the town, said: “In the Middle Ages this area was originally referred to as the manor of East Deeping and sometimes Deeping St Guthlac.

“The name changed over time to Market Deeping as a consequence of being granted the Royal Charter in 1220, which bestowed the right for the Lord and Lady of the manor, the Wake family and their heirs, to hold weekly markets and an annual fair.”

The new market is being established by the district council's economic growth and regeneration company, InvestSK.

Head of town centres Paul Allen said: “We want to make a positive difference to the people who live and work in our district and we know how important it is to the people of the Deepings to have a Saturday market.

“Our new market will add to the shopping experience and have the knock-on effect of supporting retailers by increasing the number of people visiting the town. We are committed to making this new market a success and hope local people and visitors from outside the district will support it and help it become a regular feature.”

Anyone interested in having a stall at the weekly market should contact Miki Gregory at m.gregory@southkesteven.gov.uk

For a history of Market Deeping's markets, click here.

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