The Lincoln Christmas Market, which was due to start Thursday, December 2nd, has been cancelled — dealing a harsh blow to Lincoln’s economy.
This decision has been taken because of the poor weather conditions that have hit Lincoln over the past couple of days, which are expected to continue.
It’s the first time the market has been cancelled in 28 years. The local economy has suffered a big loss, as the market brings in an estimated £10 million every year.
Rob Bradley from the City Council, who is in charge of safety for the event, said: “Safety is our absolute priority at the Lincoln Christmas Market. Police advice is for people not to travel at all unless it is absolutely necessary, so we don’t want to encourage visitors and stallholders to travel to come along and risk getting stuck on the roads, or worse. The decision to cancel the event was a unanimous decision of all partners on the market’s safety advisory group.”
Councillor Darren Grice, who is the Leader of the City Council said: “We’re incredibly sad to have to cancel the Christmas Market for the first time” as it is an extremely popular event. However, the councillor was keen to point out that “the safety of our local residents, visitors, stallholders and staff is the most important thing, and we don’t want to put people at risk.”
Jingle the elf has also expressed his sadness at the cancellation of the event as he said on Twitter: “Unfortunately we’ve had to cancel the Lincoln Christmas Market due to severe weather. We’re really disappointed but safety is our priority.”
Matt Corrigan, chief executive of Lincoln BIG, said: “It’s really disappointing that the market has had to be cancelled due to the extreme weather, but there are still lots of reasons for people to visit Lincoln over the Christmas period and I’m sure thousands of people will still do so when the weather improves, we have a wonderful setting with our Cathedral and Steep Hill.”
However, Corrigan was keen to point out that Lincoln has other festive activities than just the market though including the outdoor ice rink, a Christmas farmers’ market and a Dutch lantern parade.
Ultimately Corrigan believes cancelling the Christmas market won’t cause too much trouble, saying: “Even Glastonbury festival takes a year off from time to time and I’m sure that the market will come back even better next year!”Tweet