Video: Christmas market on Saturday in Sleaford cancelled due to Storm Arwen as festive lights are switched on

Saturday’s Christmas market in Sleaford has been cancelled due to the weather warning of Storm Arwen hitting the country this weekend.

Sleaford Town Council had festvities planned tomorrow as part of its Twelve days of Christmas Markets events but they have announced today that due to the bad weather forecast of high winds, it will be cancelled.

They added that they had opted to be cautious and put safety as a priority as any shoppers and traders that would be turning up would be at their own risk: “We look forward to seeing traders and visitors at the rest of the markets,” they said.

Mayor of Sleaford, Coun Robert Oates said: “Unfortunately we have had to call tomorrow off. Public safety has to come first of course. It is a great shame but hopefully it will blow over by Monday and all the stalls will be back.”

Town Crier John Griffiths and Mayor Coun Robert Oates officially switch on Sleaford Christmas lights for 2021 in the Market Place. EMN-211126-170827001

Any entertainment that was planned will be rescheduled to another date and stallholders have been offered the chance to book pitches on othere days.

This afternoon’s Christmas lights switch has gone ahead as planned, with the Mayor of Sleaford and Town Crier at 4pm.

The market will run on Fridays, Saturdays and Mondays from November 26 to December 20.

After a resasonably successful day today, the artisan pop-up market in Millstream Square in town will also not be going ahead tomorrow due to the high winds.

The Christmas lights are on in Sleaford. EMN-211126-170806001

Harriet Baker from the precinct said: “It was going OK this morning and then it went a bit dreary but picked up again.

“We will be back on again for Small Business saturday on December 4. So far the events have been good and have created a nice atmosphere. We have put some Christmas trees up in the square and it is nice to hear people talking about it and feedback has been good.”

Join in the Twelves Market Days of Christmas in Sleaford. EMN-211116-180102001
Sleaford Christmas lights switch on. EMN-211126-170837001