December 19, 2011 this is Lincolnshire
Did 335,000 visitors to the Lincoln Christmas Market make it too crowded? Complaints that Lincoln Christmas Market was too busy have prompted official talks on how to improve next year’s event.
About 335,000 people were counted in the upper High Street during the week of the market – an increase of about 30,000 people compared to 2009.
This year’s event – back after a two-year absence due to snow last year – ran from December 1 to 4 in and around Bailgate.
But the route around the market was so packed that people found it difficult to visit the stalls.
Now, officials from organisers the City of Lincoln Council, Lincolnshire Police, the ambulance and fire services, emergency planning and security are to consider the best way forward.
The annual market is heralded as a huge success for Lincolnshire, contributing more than £10 million to the local economy.
John Latham, director of development and environmental services, said: “The majority of feedback that we’ve received so far has been very positive and most people have come away from the Lincoln Christmas Market feeling very festive and all shopped out.
“However, the one criticism we’re getting from people is that the market area was too crowded.
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