Boston's Christmas market cancelled three days before start

Generic Christmas lights picture Boston Bid, which was funded by local shops, paid for the event in 2012

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A Lincolnshire town's Christmas market has been cancelled three days before it was due to go ahead.

Boston's Christmas Market was due to start on Friday, with street entertainers and stalls selling festive craft items and food.

The three-day event had been at risk after traders voted to disband Boston's Business Improvement District (Bid), which paid for the event in 2012.

Boston Borough Council said the market had been pulled on safety grounds.

Safety issues

A lights switch-on with Emmerdale actors Chris Chittell and Lesley Dunlop will still go ahead in Pescod Square on Friday.

Council leader Peter Bedford said an independent events organiser made the decision to cancel the Christmas market, along with local police, fire and Lincolnshire County Council.

"There were many things on health and safety and hygiene that were not in place," Mr Bedford said.

"We have done everything we possibly could but at the end of the day the businesses that voted against the Bid have cancelled this market themselves."

Earlier this month a new committee was formed under the name Boston Town Christmas Fund, which said enough money had been raised to put on the celebrations.

Former Bid chairman Alan Ellis added: "We've worked hundreds and hundreds of hours to turn this around.

"Everything was going ahead, there was no problems of anything as far as the finance side and everything else, but they just ran out of time."

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