Slideshow: Boost to Grantham market traders thanks to ‘Music in the Market Place’

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Traders at Grantham Market have reported a significant boost to trading today (Saturday) thanks to Music in the Market.

The musical event took place between 11am and 4pm, bringing an increase in people to the town centre.

Octovox performs at Music in the Market Place.

Octovox performs at Music in the Market Place.

It was organised by Grantham Retailers Association (GRA) with support from Grantham at a Glance, a partnership of businesses, with the Grantham Journal Children’s Fund as the chosen charity.

Five acts took to the stage free of charge to support the community event. They were – Identity Crisis, Glen and Luna, Octovox, Swing Nouveau and CJ Hatt. The PA system was provided by Tom Simmonds, of Simmonds Music in Grantham.

David Charles is founder of GRA and the main organiser of today’s event. He said: “It’s been a good day. The acts were brilliant, and I’m pleased we had such a great variety.”

According to a source at South Kesteven District Council, not only were regular market traders pleased with a boost in sales, several first-timers who set up specifically for Music in the Market Place said they would return.

Marie Bond, Journal deputy editor, thanked event organisers for choosing to support the Children’s Fund, which helps families with disabled children.

She added: “Thank you to everyone who made a donation to the charity. What the charity does is give financial help to struggling families with a disabled child. The grand total of almost £90 donated throughout the day will go towards supporting families who need our help.”

** Applications for grants from the Grantham Journal Children’s Fund should be made by writing a letter to Marie Bond, Grantham Journal, St Peter’s House, St Peter’s Hill, Grantham, Lincolnshire NG31 6QB. Alternatively, send an email to