Ambitious and exciting events unveiled as Gainsborough gets restoration project underway

The team working on the £1.96 million restoration of Gainsborough town centre have launched an exciting and ambitious programme of events for 2021.

As well as a series of exciting events to celebrate and promote the work of the Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI), residents can expect to see work finally begin on selected buildings on Lord Street and the Market Place from May onwards.

Thanks to funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, the Townscape Heritage Initiative aims to restore the “historic heart of Gainsborough,” by improving the standard of repair and reinstating the original appearance of properties within the Town Centre Conservation Area of Gainsborough; a scheme which was begun officially last year.

Townscape Heritage activity co-ordinator, Theresa Workman, said: “We are getting ready to begin our incredible opportunity, to restore the very heart of Gainsborough Town centre.

Wendy Osgodby, senior growth strategy and projects officer, Theresa Workman, activities co-ordinator, and Jonathan Lee, Townscape Heritage officer

"By restoring pride in some of the town’s most visible buildings on the Market Place and on Lord Street, we want to bring the town back to its former glory – full of character and prospering, with residents pride in their local town centre renewed.

“On top of beginning the work to restore the buildings this year, we are committed to planning a range of fun activities to promote and enjoy the journey the town is about to go on.

"We are incredibly fortunate to have this opportunity, and we want to share it with as many people as possible.

"On top of that, let’s face it, we all need something to look forward to, and we hope that by revealing our plans, you can pencil some exciting things into your calendar, and then, all being well, we can celebrate every single one of them.”

Subject to Government restrictions and guidelines related to Covid-19 the THI’s 2021 programme will start on April 13, with the Merrye Olde Market on Lord Street which contain 12 market stalls, each featuring stall holders in costume and will celebrate links to Gainsborough’s history. Expect Medieval cooks, Georgian dancers, Vikings and much more, including a historic hat competition for children.

More information on this and future events will be released closer to the dates.

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