Newark Christmas Market draws in the crowds
10:46am Mon Dec 12, 2016
 
The Mayor and Mayoress of Newark, Dean Hyde and Louise Sledmore, with one of the stallholders, Gillie Wilkinson, of Eton Avenue Growers Association.
The Mayor and Mayoress of Newark, Dean Hyde and Louise Sledmore, with one of the stallholders, Gillie Wilkinson, of Eton Avenue Growers Association.
Hundreds of people took advantage of a special market and free parking in Newark to do some Christmas shopping on Sunday.
Business students from Newark College and volunteers on the Children's Bereavement Centre, Newark, stall. Back row, from left: Gracie Barnett (16), Kayleigh Hardy (21), Jessica Longhurst (17), Jake Edwards (17), Harry Louth (17), James Rose (16), Elisha Boddy (16) Ruby Talbot-McIntosh (16).  Front row, from left: Russell Wilson (9), Abi Revill (17), Michael Edwards (17), Bethan-Louise Dixon (17). Not pictured: Kat Spencer (26) and Lucy Bosner (17).
Business students from Newark College and volunteers on the Children's Bereavement Centre, Newark, stall. Back row, from left: Gracie Barnett (16), Kayleigh Hardy (21), Jessica Longhurst (17), Jake Edwards (17), Harry Louth (17), James Rose (16), Elisha Boddy (16) Ruby Talbot-McIntosh (16). Front row, from left: Russell Wilson (9), Abi Revill (17), Michael Edwards (17), Bethan-Louise Dixon (17). Not pictured: Kat Spencer (26) and Lucy Bosner (17).
More than 100 stalls selling festive gifts, food and drink were in the Market Place, with some in Bridge Street and Stodman Street.

Entertainers included singer Eva Chappell, Civil War re-enactors, Newark and Sherwood Concert Band and Kelham Hall Choir. Snow machines were put on the Town Hall balcony to give a festive touch.



Seven teams of morris dancers including the Lincoln and Micklebarrow Morris Men, who meet at the Roaring Meg in Newark, put on performances throughout the day.

The group's squire Mr Andrew Horn they were pleased to be involved in the event.

Joshua Hall, 9, of Newark, with some garden ornament reindeer.
Joshua Hall, 9, of Newark, with some garden ornament reindeer.
The Mayor of Newark, Mr Dean Hyde, said it was great to see so many people shopping on the market and said it also gave local charities the opportunity to raise their profile.

"It is good to see the market so busy," he said. "It would like to see more things like this, perhaps ten to 15 times a year."

Business students from Newark College had a stall with a tombola, Christmas gifts and cakes to raise money for the Children's Bereavement Centre in Newark.



Newark couple Mr and Mrs Paul Woods said they had come into the town centre especially for the event and were pleased they had made the effort.

Civil War re-enactors march through the Market Place.
Civil War re-enactors march through the Market Place.
"It is great to see the market so busy," said Mr Woods. "It is a lovely Market Place and I would like to see more events like this to encourage people to stay in Newark rather than go out of town."

Mrs Linda Woolley, of Grange Road, Newark, said she regularly shopped on the market but said it was nice to see some different stalls.

"I've been spoiled for choice with all the different foods that are on sale," she said. "I definitely would like to have something like this again."

Newark and Sherwood District Council business manager for markets and carparks, Mr Ian Harrison, said the feedback had been very positive and the footfall had been more than expected.

"We have tried to get young families using the market and while the budget for this event has not been massive it has been enough for some entertainment," he said.

"I feel it has been a success."

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