Music in the Market Place planned for Grantham

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A date for the diary is August 30, when the Market Place in Grantham will play host to an afternoon of live music with a festival atmosphere.

A line-up of bands will play in an open marquee during the day, in a bid to boost the Saturday market and bring a little community spirit to the town centre.

Grantham Retailers Association (GRA) is behind the event, with support from Grantham at a Glance, a partnership of businesses and organisations working to promote business in the town.

GRA founder David Charles said: “A primary aim of the event is to get people down to the market, bringing a bit of extra footfall into town on a Saturday. Plus, we want to get the community back into Grantham and get the support back by putting on something a bit different.”

Keen to support a local charity, organisers have chosen the Grantham Journal Children’s Fund to benefit. The charity offers quick and easy financial help to families with a disabled child living in the news coverage area. Volunteers holding collection buckets will be asking for donations during the day.

Everyone involved is giving their time and services for free, including the bands, and several local businesses are giving support, such as Trust Insurance, Simmonds Music, Grantham Computer Centre and Lime Square, plus the Grantham Carnival and Events Group.

David said: “It’s absolutely superb how people are getting behind it. I just hope plenty of people come along to enjoy the day.”

Playing between 11am and noon is rock and pop act Identity Crisis, followed by acoustic rock ’n’ roll duo Glen and Luna. At 1pm, harmony group Octovox takes to the stage, before Swing Nouveau at 2pm and then CJ Hatt at 3pm, bringing the event to a close.

More stalls will be set up by the marquee and refreshments will be available.