Gainsborough Farmers’ and Craft Market was a ‘stomping success’

Dinosaur Pete and SGT Templeman
Dinosaur Pete and SGT Templeman

Families had a roarsome time in Gainsborough as they headed to the Market Place to say hello to our pre-historic friends.

Our market traders welcomed Pete the Dinosaur, a 4-year-old Tyrannosaurus Rex, to join them in the town, which went down like Dino-mite.

Pete was mostly on good behaviour but at one point, he was almost arrested for poking his nose into the market produce! (See picture of SGT Templeman ‘arresting’ Pete). Baby Dinos Colin and Bob who had recently hatched out of their eggs, were playful testing out their ‘roars’ as well.

Nicola Marshall town centre Manager for West Lindsey District Council thanked everyone who supported the event, which was made possible through funding from the UK Shared Prosperity Fund. Nicola said:

“We had such a fabulous time at our monthly farmers and craft market in Gainsborough. It was great to see so many children and adults full of smiles and laughter as they gave a Jurassic welcome to Pete and his friends on Saturday.

“Our market traders also reported a great day’s trading as shoppers headed to the Market Place and they are looking forward to the next market event.”

Families were also invited to take part in our Dino Trail around the town centre businesses. More than 100 trail leaflets were collected, taking adventurers to nine Dino stops including the library, where people could take part in the fossil-making activity.

More than 130 Dino Jelly Sweets were given out as a reward to participants for completing the trail. Nicola added:

“We have received some wonderful feedback from shoppers who thanked us for organising the event. Many said it gave them some quality time to spend with the children and they got to learn more about the town, new shops and businesses. Many of those in attendance asked us to keep bringing things like this to the town. Watch out for more town centre trails and activities on our future monthly markets.”

Andy Hutchinson from Meet Pete Dinosaur Hire said:

"Pete the T-Rex had a fantastic time at Gainsborough Farmers Market over the weekend. We met so many people and families while we were there. It's always great to see so many local families come out to Meet Pete while we're out promoting Lincolnshire Markets. Local businesses and market traders all benefit from increased footfall and we benefit as a business by working locally in our home county.

"It's a win win situation and we're proud to have worked with WLDC on this one. We're looking forward to bringing Santa and Rodney the Reindeer to the Gainsborough Christmas Market on Saturday 9 December too!"

Sgt Mike Templemen said: 

"Gainsborough tricera-cops came face to face with Pete the T-Rex in the market place this week. Crowds were gathered where Pete was spotted but his roar was a lot worse than his bite and officers did a dino-mite job of arresting him for small arms dealing.’ Great interaction for local residents and kids to meet Pete and the baby dinosaurs, hopefully Pete will be back soon."

West Lindsey District Council would like to say special thank you to Gainsborough Library, all our market traders and the following town centre businesses for their support:

Baron Bou, Horsleys, Alfies / Clockhouse, Meggy Moos, Argos and Gainsborough Old Hall and Gainsborough McDonalds for the children’s face-painting.

Plans are now in full swing in preparation for the Poppy Remembrance Saturday (11 November) at the next Farmers and Craft Market.

Put the date in your diary and join us.

  • Lah Di Dahs 1940s singers – entertainment from fab trio
  • Last Post and Reveille at 11 am
  • Poppy Wall of Remembrance – craft your own poppy and add your message
  • Vintage vehicles on display
  • Airborne Parrots – aerial displays
  • British Legion Poppy Appeal
  • 20th Century Living History Group will be re-enacting drills
  • Vintage stalls will be joining our usual produce and craft traders
  • Vegan Market Corner will also be back

Find out more about Meet Pete Dinosaur Hire.

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