ORGANISERS are pressing ahead with their plans for next month’s Wisbech Christmas Market – and they are praying for better luck with the weather.
After being hit by nasty conditions two years in a row, will it be third time lucky for this year’s event, on December 19, the Monday before Christmas?
Councillor Peter Murphy, FDC’s portfolio holder responsible for markets and events, said: “In 2009 we had four inches of snow and last year it was freezing fog. Despite that, thousands of people still came along and had a great day. They deserve better luck with the weather this time, so we’re keeping our fingers crossed.”
More than 7,000 people regularly attend the Christmas Market. This year it will feature up to 200 stalls and attractions, including live bands, carol singers, clowns and entertainers and a falconry display. There will also be a big craft fair with up to 30 stalls in St Peter’s church hall, next to Church Terrace car park.
One of the “Fenland Four Seasons” events, the Christmas Market is organised by Fenland District Council in conjunction with Wisbech Town Council, the Horsefair Shopping Centre and local community groups.
To prevent congestion in the town centre FDC will be operating a free shuttle bus to and from the Horsefair and Elm Road (outside Morrisons) and the Elme Hall Hotel has generously agreed to make its car park available as a park and ride site for the whole day.
The Horsefair will welcome tour coach parties at the bus station. It will also be hosting several stalls and activities, including Santa’s sleigh.
Wisbech Town Council will be producing a special Christmas Issue of Wisbech Matters, including eight pages about the market.
A few stalls and spaces are still available. Anyone interested in booking one should e-mail email@example.com or call FDC on 01354 654321.