This Christmas saw Lincoln without it’s Christmas Market for the first time in over 40 years, following Labour’s decision to cancel it (the UK’s oldest).
With trade noticeably reduced on our high street, businesses around the city are clear that it has had an impact on trade and the city’s wider economy. Residents have equally shared their disappointment with the loss of such an iconic feature in the city's calendar. The view was also shared by many across the country with tourists travelling miles to only be met with disappointment of loss of the Christmas market.
Our Liberal Democrat councillors voted to bring the Christmas market back at a recent council meeting, despite this, every Labour councillor chose to vote against the motion.
Commenting on the decision to push the City Council to revive the Christmas market, Councillor Clare Smalley, Leader of the City of Lincoln Liberal Democrats, said "At a time when High Streets across the country are struggling, Labour's decision to axe the market continues to cause real damage to our local economy. It is clear now more than ever; Lincoln cannot afford to carry on with Labour's continued mismanagement".
Echoing Councillor Smalley, Councillor Martin Christopher said "For decades the Christmas market has been a core part of Lincoln's Christmas celebrations. Many families right across the city, along with my own, have enjoyed visiting the market every year. Sadly, Labour's decision to axe the market has robbed many of that chance to enjoy that very experience"