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Frightful success for Gainsborough’s big Halloween event

Frightful success for Gainsborough’s big Halloween event
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Frightful success for Gainsborough’s big Halloween event

30 October 2017

Gainsborough celebrated Halloween in style at the weekend and the annual fright night event was even more Spook-tacular than ever before. 

Both Marshall’s Yard and the Independents Group joined forces to organise a full day of events right across the town.

The Independents group in Gainsborough organised the town centre celebrations with the support of the Town Council and West Lindsey District Council.  From 9am in the town centre there were market stalls, fairground rides and performances.

In Marshall’s Yard there was a treat filled Halloween market; fairground rides and creepy crawlies as well as free face painting, horse and carriage rides, a pumpkin design competition and a spooky scavenger trail Throughout the afternoon there was also live performances including a flaming fire act.

Shoppers could have their photographs taken in the Marshall’s Yard spooky photo booth, with all the profits going towards the Yard's chosen charities – Gainsborough Salvation Army and the Scotter Ward palliative care unit.

This year’s event saw more people than ever dressing up in a fantastic assortment of spooky fancy dress costumes and designing some weird and wonderful pumpkin artwork which were judged by the Yard's retailer. 

With more than 60 entries and some exceptional costumes, it was not an easy choice for the judges to pick a winner but first place went to Bryson Biddle who is four years old.

The Lee family also won the best family in fancy dress prize of a voucher for £50 to spend on a meal kindly donated by the Yard’s Italian restaurant, Prezzo.

The first prize in the pumpkin design competition, which consisted of a Halloween goodie hamper from the centre’s law firm Sills and Betteridge went to Simon Beresford aged three.

The finale of a fantastic day was a fireworks show on the Riverside. The organisers would like to thank everyone who helped make the event such a huge success.

Assistant Centre Manager at Marshall’s Yard, Charlotte Toplass, said: ‘The Halloween event gets better and better each year and this year was one big celebration in Gainsborough. We’re now busy planning the Gainsborough Christmas Light Switch on which will take place on 17th November!"

The Chair of the Independents in Gainsborough Group, Dawn Barron, owner of Barron Bou, said: “The joint event meant that there was more to do for the whole family. The whole day was a great success and finishing with a fireworks display on the Riverside, which had over 3000 people attending.”

The town centre event is partially funded and supported through WLDC’s Councillor Initiative Fund and WLDC’s Gainsborough Town Centre Fund.

Pictures show: First prize winners in the fancy dress, pumpkin and family fancy dress as well as face painting ad entertainment.


For further information, contact:-

Alison Hall
Centre Manager, Marshall's Yard
Tel: 01427 810706


Public Relations Department, Dransfield Properties Ltd
Tel: 01226 360644

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