Louth preparing for Victorian Family Fayre

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FEEDBACK from over half the 60 market traders who attended the St James Food Festival in Louth’s town centre on July 17 has been extremely encouraging.

Responses included ‘great event’, ‘excellent all round’, ‘well attended’, ‘positive public attitude’, ‘great atmosphere’ and ‘well organised’.

Most stallholders have already booked for the Victorian Family Fayre on October 23, and many town centre businesses have said they will open their shops for the event despite being held on a Sunday.

Event organiser, Patrick Neville, said the Partnership now had the Food Festival and Victorian Fayre slotted in as annual events. “We reallyappreciate the fact that so many shops decided to open for the Food Festival. It adds to the atmosphere and with the success of each event we are achieving our goal of increasing footfall into the town and promoting Louth as a good food hub.”

The Partnership’s events team is now well advanced in organising the Victorian Fayre. As last year, the event will be based on a Victorian theme with everyone asked to dress up in period costume.

As well as a large array of market stalls and open shops, the Fayre will offer entertainment for all ages, an antiques show, tombola, cooking demonstrations and competitions for the best costumes.

Ali Hall, Louth’s town manager, said the Partnership was working on a number of new initiatives for the future.

“The Partnership Board, led by chairman Pete Atterby, recently held a four-hour workshop at the Brackenborough Hotel to exchange ideas, discuss strategy and work out an action plan for the next two years, she said.”

“The new Board was elected in July and I’m impressed by the depth of knowledge and experience among our members. Everyone is extremely positive about the Partnership’s future and the people of Louth will be hearing a lot more about us in coming months.”