Market Place was bustling today (Saturday) as it hosted a Halloween family fun day.
Organised by a team of volunteers from several charities and voluntary organisations, the event was hailed a massive success by all.
Dozens upon dozens of families came along to the marquee set up by the Market Cross to carve pumpkins, make lanterns and get up close to a selection of exotic animals, from snakes to meerkats. Live music was provided by Under the Covers and Glen and Luna, dance demonstrations were given by Electric Jive and Access Dance, and street entertainers dressed in Halloween costume mixed with the crowds. There was also a tarot card reader, refreshments, a tombola and fancy dress competition.
Winner of the competition, chosen by Mayor of Grantham Ian Selby, was Lucy-Mai Owen, 6, and runner-up was Chloe-Grace Owen, 7. Unable to decide on a second runner-up, Coun Selby declared the remaining entrants in joint third place and shared out a bag of chocolate treats.
Proceeds from the community event will be split between the Grantham Journal Children’s Fund and the Grantham Disabled Children Society (GDCS).
GDCS trustee Kaz Smith called the event “absolutely fantastic”, adding: “It was one of the best events I’ve seen in Grantham. It’s been great – this today is when you know Grantham is great.”
Fellow trustee Micky Stokes said: “Today was amazing. The whole of Grantham seemed to come together. There were more people here than I thought there would be, by a long way.”
Journal deputy editor Marie Bond, treasurer of the Journal’s children’s charity, said: “I haven’t seen the market so busy in a very long time. It was packed, and the atmosphere in the marquee was fantastic.
“The final total hasn’t been counted yet, but judging by the weight of the collection buckets we raised a lot of money, all of which will go to disabled children living in the Grantham area.
“Thank you so much to all the volunteers who made the event possible, to those who provided entertainment for free and to everyone who came along to support the event. It was a wonderful example of community spirit.”
The family fun day was sponsored by Grantham Business Club, with support from South Kesteven District Council. One aim was to boost footfall at the market, although some stallholders reported no boost in trade.
However, The Trickling Tap saw double the number of shoppers compared with an average Saturday. Co-owner Paul Adams said: “We’ve had a lot of families in today. The event brought a lot of people to this end of the town.”
Huge thanks go to everyone who gave their time or donated items. Special thanks go to the Grantham Carnival and Events Group for its help with setting up the marquee, in particular Jeff Dixon, Morrisons for donating pumpkin carvers and decorating materials, ingredients for the witches’ brew and Halloween decorations, Asda for donating plastic beakers and tea lights, and Lime Square for the loan of a van. Thanks also to Northgate Vehicle Hire.