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Lincoln Christmas Market cancelled over safety concerns

By This is Lincolnshire  |  Posted: December 01, 2010

The mrket stalls in the snow-covered grounds on Lincoln Castle

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THE Lincoln Christmas Market will not take place due to concerns over the increasingly bad weather.

It is the first time in its history that the market has had to be cancelled.

Taking advice from partners, including Lincolnshire Police, East Midlands Ambulance Service and Lincolnshire County Council Highways, organisers at the City of Lincoln Council have taken the decision to cancel the event.

Rob Bradley from the City of Lincoln Council is in charge of safety at the event.

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He said: "It is with extreme regret that we have taken the decision to cancel the Lincoln Christmas Market this year. It has taken extreme weather conditions to do this, the first time it's happened in the history of the market.

"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 stall holders 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.

"We work with many other organisations to stage this event, including the police, fire and ambulance services and county highways. All of these organisations are working flat out to deal with the severe weather conditions already.

"With more snow predicted for the coming days, we have taken this decision as early as possible, so people can rearrange their plans. I apologise to all those visitors and stall holders who are disappointed, but with the weather as it is, there wasn't another option."

Keep checking www.thisislincolnshire.co.uk for further updates and see tomorrow's Lincolnshire Echo for the full round-up.

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    Nixxz, Brayford Island  |  December 04 2010, 10:52PM

    "I actually intended to go this year for the first time in maybe 15 years. karl, lincoln" FIBBER!!! I make no bones about it, I'm gutted I could not go but I'm still glad that they did the right thing. How many if the 'NIMBY nay sayers' were actually going to the market this year??? and how many people here are actually stall holders...its easy enough to lie. Or is this just a good chance for you all to have a moan...

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    anon, Lincolnshire  |  December 03 2010, 11:55AM

    We were due to trade this weekend. We have been to Germany to collect stock and have had to put up posters at work to sell it. Bitterly disappointed that we will not have been in touch with suppliers who have been able to take back half the stock and credit us for next year! Thanks. Just hope the council are reasonable and give us back our rent money as there was nothing written in their terms and conditions we paid over £2000 for our pitch + £21 alcohol licence - not even to sell a drop! Come on Council get in touch with the Traders! Please!

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    Alex, Lincoln  |  December 02 2010, 10:01PM

    I am originally from Lincoln and currently a student at the university here, I however don't see what all the fuss is about. We get a tiny amount of snow and the place turns chaotic. My mother who is German and lives there had over 1ft of snow in northern Germany last year - their markets carried on. It's all about being prepared. Now for the Xmas Market - over priced and the foods really don't do the germans justice. E.g. I asked for a 'currywurst' last year, what I go was a brockwurst whole with curry ketchup on it and a bun? I don't think they understand 'real' German food and not just shopping at Aldi & Lidl. Pathetic really. They need priorities sorted first then I'll be happy. Cancelling it does nothing to me as last years ruined my love for it.

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    Exiled Old Lincolnian, Shropshire  |  December 02 2010, 4:52PM

    Recently reports have come from Germany of `snow chaos`, and cancelled weekend events including Christmas markets (BBC sources, and www.bild.de). The difference is that their markets - like Birmingham - last for 4 weeks or so not just one weekend, so a weekends lost trading is not such a great deal. Maybe Lincoln City Council should have a long hard think about a return to the simple origins of the Market, where a `continental experience` of good quality merchandise reflecting that in the `twin town` - Neustadt a-d-w. The last time I attended, it was more akin to a Sunday market one finds on airfields, and the `continental` and `quality different goods` had given way to a general `tatfest`, and also difficult to get around. I now prefer more focussed markets without the usual market stuff I can get - and do - throughout the year.

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    Bob Ovett, Eagle  |  December 02 2010, 8:20AM

    Obviously we've had a new batch of council haters deposited last night. Take a look outside your windows folks. Maybe the forecast is going to improve, but sadly it won't be in time. Health and Safety gone mad? Nonsense, if you come to the Christmas Market and your overriding memory of it is skating down Steep Hill on your face then you probably won't come back next year. Personally I would let all the moaners posting on this site go to the market. I would also make you sign a waver saying that any difficulties (motoring, health or otherwise) are your own problem and you give up your right to have any state help (from gritting, to police , to hospital). After all as many people have said this is a matter of personal responsibility. Except it won't be. The council have already gritted heavily and it's clearly made no difference. As I've said before the moaners on here will be the first to complain if they get hurt. I'm sorry for the stall holders and the market in general but this is a once in a generation event. It'll be back next year.

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    Julie, Leicester  |  December 02 2010, 12:01AM

    Such a shame to cancel the whole thing. We were planning on coming, but as the forecast is much better for Saturday and Sunday we were going to come then rather than on the Thursday or Friday as we usually do. Could the market not have been run just for the weekend this year? -when the forecast says it will be above freezing and without snow? I would imagine many traders -especially the foreign ones- are there already by today as they surely don't set off Thursday to open Thursday teatime. Or is Lincoln really completely cut off by snow? It makes you wonder how they somehow manage these Christmas markets in Europe each year with the snow they regularly get...

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    Emma, Lincoln  |  December 01 2010, 11:43PM

    "You are obviously 'right on' bleeding heart students." Yes, obviously. Obvious, that is, if your definitions of 'right on' and 'bleeding heart' are completely different to everybody else's

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    karl, lincoln  |  December 01 2010, 11:24PM

    I dont really see the issue, there were a lot less coaches coming due to the cold weather, they should of shut off steep hill, gritted everywhere and gone ahead with the xmas market.There's no more chance of people falling over uphill than there is on any other of the pavements in lincoln. It really is madness that they only started trying to shift the snow this morning also. I actually intended to go this year for the first time in maybe 15 years.

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    Becky Cousins, Lincoln  |  December 01 2010, 10:56PM

    Personally, I was sad to hear that the market had been cancelled because I was looking forward to going, it's tradition! However I completely understand why the council have made the decision they have done and I would have done the exact same thing if it was up to me. Lincoln is normally jam-packed with traffic on the days of the christmas market and with the added weather conditions it won't help matters at all. The emergency services are struggling to cope with Lincoln's normal amount of people in Lincoln/accidents/people stranded, imagine how mad it would be if you added 200,000 more people! It would be chaos! As a student nurse I know how important everyone's health and safety is and that is a hell of a lot more important than missing out on money (which I know is also important in the hard times we are having), but money lost is a lot easier to deal with than lives lost. I think the idea of this alternative market is great and hope it all comes together :)

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    Adrian, Lincoln  |  December 01 2010, 10:52PM

    Hooray, us lincoln people can drive, park & able to walk around Lincoln this weekend