Saturday market will start in the Deepings
A new Saturday market is set to be held each week in Market Deeping starting from the Easter weekend.
The market will have about 15 stalls selling fresh fruit and vegetables, bread, meat, fish, as well as flowers and crafts.
A charity stall will also be made available for not-for-profit organisations wanting to promote their causes.
Town councillor Virginia Moran, who is behind the new Saturday market, said she ‘can’t wait’ for the launch on Easter Saturday.
She said: “The Deepings’ Wednesday market is held in the corner of a car park and doesn’t really live up to the expectations people have for a market town.
“Another issue is that those who work during the week can struggle to get there.
“At first I think there was a concern that the Saturday market was aiming to replace the weekday one, but actually it should have a positive effect.
“Quite a few of our Wednesday market stallholders will also now have stalls on a Saturday.
“It’s my intention to reinvigorate the Wednesday market rather than to replace it, because we want the Deepings to become more of a destination for shoppers.”
The new market will have a butcher, fishmonger and artisan baker with the aim that it builds a reputation for providing shoppers with quality, traditional produce.
Coun Moran has also drawn up a list of registered charities that have expressed an interest in taking the charity stall, which will provided to them for free.
Alongside this will be a book stall for the library service, which will be at the market every other weekend.
The Saturday market will take place in the Market Place in Market Deeping, which provides an area where stalls can be set up without closing roads or disrupting traffic.
To mark the launch there will be street entertainment, live music and face painting at the market.
Records of Market Deeping’s markets date back to at least 1220, when William Briewer was granted a Thursday market by King Henry III. This moved to a Wednesday in 1304.
Bourne also has two markets each week - one on Thursdays, with about 20 traders, and one on Saturdays with about five.
Stamford’s market is the largest in the South Kesteven district and takes place on Fridays, attracting up to 90 traders, some regular and some casual.
Stalls for these are hired out by the district council.