Lincoln Christmas Market cancelled over safety concerns
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.