Music, poetry and arts to support #HighStreetSaturday

A range of fun events took place at the weekend as the Deepings, Bourne and Stamford supported the national high street celebration day.

Friday, 22nd March 2019, 3:40 pm
Updated Friday, 22nd March 2019, 3:51 pm
Poetry in Stamford #HighStreetSaturday

In spite of strong winds and stormy skies, visitors braved the elements to enjoy a variety of acts including artists, musicians, poets, and street performers, and take part in a treasure hunt across the area.

The event was organised by InvestSK, the district’s economic growth and regeneration company, and funded by South Kesteven District Council, as part of the national #HighStreetSaturday campaign recently announced.

Steve Bowyer, CEO of InvestSK, said: “South Kesteven has four fantastic market towns. We’re fortunate to have a range of diverse, independent and growing retailers, bars and cafes and we need to do all we can to celebrate and promote them.

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Poets and artists in Bourne #HighStreetSaturday

“The national campaign to celebrate the high street was announced only a few weeks ago. Clearly, we would have liked longer to have planned and advertised our events, but rather than do nothing, we chose to rise to the challenge.

“In a very short timescale and competing against adverse weather, the efforts of all of the organisers and artists was absolutely incredible.

“Feedback from many people in all towns was hugely positive: from local stallholders who applauded the efforts being made, to families who had their days brightened by personalised poems.”

In addition to the day’s celebrations, InvestSK has also ring-fenced £10,000 of its Town Centre Investment Fund for £2,500 to be made available to each of the market towns to bring forward initiatives that promote local independent businesses.”

Stiltwalker in Market Deeping #HighStreetSaturday

The £2,500 grants will be made available to a representative body in Stamford, Grantham, Market Deeping and Bourne where it can demonstrate that it will create more awareness of the value independent businesses bring to a town.