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Market Deeping Christmas market and light switch-on 2019 a huge hit

Market Deeping's Christmas market and light switch-on brought joy to Christmas shopping yesterday (December 1).

The town was lit up when surprise guest pantomime dame Judy Trott - also known as Michael Cross, head of arts at InvestSK - switched on the lights alongside Mayor of Market Deeping Xan Collins and carnival queen Kate Jakeman.

Thousands of people packed the Market Place and enjoyed a variety of activities including a record 40 stalls that made up the street market, and a craft marquee with plenty of handmade items.

There was a children's funfair, entertainment throughout the day on the stage, a food court and Market Deeping Model Railway Club exhibited in the Deepings Community Centre.

Coun Virginia Moran, the event organiser, said: "It was phenomenal and absolutely amazing.

"It was just fabulous and full of people with happy faces all day.

"In the craft tent, everyone was walking around like penguins because there were so many people in there.

"The quality of goods on sale was fantastic.

"There was a lady selling personalised, handmade crackers and they were so, so lovely.

"By the end of the day, she told me that almost everything had sold out."

Michael Cross came onto the stage wearing a platinum blonde wig, and a fishtail, red sequinneddress.

Coun Moran thanked all the volunteers behind the day, the two town clerks for their hard work, and Andy Pelling for acting as compère.

"I'd also like to thank a couple of local businesses who helped us out and New River Precinct, who donated £500 towards the cost of the craft marquee," she added.

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