Another step to making Grantham an attractive place to visit was rumoured this week as the organiser behind the successful Mallard festival talked about potentially filling in the gap between Gravity Fields years.
The two festivals running biannually will be a great boost to the town. We’ve now seen how both work and that they are able to pull in a lot of visitors and national attention over multiple days. These are positive signs that things are moving in the right direction and we need to keep the momentum building.
With the thought that these two run in each other’s off years each September, it would be great to see more, similar, family friendly events in different times of the year. While we have a popular Christmas market already, it would be fantastic to take aim at getting to the standard and visitor numbers of Lincoln’s. It would take a huge effort but if we even got close, Grantham would benefit. Clearly we do not have the venues to compete with Lincoln but it would bring a sense of pride in attempting to do so.
In these columns I have written often about my pride in Grantham’s ability to pull off great feats in bringing in visitors to see our local talent and history. It is clear that our residents love to show off Grantham at its best and would appreciate more opportunity in doing so.
We can only hope that Henry Cleary, chairman of the Mallard Grantham Partnership, is able to convince the local groups necessary to continue this event down the line and that many more like him are able to make their dreams reality for Grantham’s benefit.