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Traders face 12% rise for Lincoln Xmas Market pitches

Lincoln Christmas Market
Lincoln Christmas Market Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Traders at this year's Lincoln Christmas Market will pay 12 per cent more for pitches amid a predicted £78,000 income shortfall.

It comes after fewer stalls last year - due to the refurbishment of Lincoln Castle - and coach bookings meant income was down £67,000 from the predicted £561,000 to £494,000.

Last year's market made a surplus of just £4,000 against the budgeted £81,000. Running costs were estimated at £16,000 but the actual cost to the City of Lincoln Council was £83,000.

The 12 per cent rise in fees and charges due to be approved by the council's executive on Monday, June 16 would generate £316,000 for the 2014 market

Red Arrows pilot to present awards to Lincoln students

Flt. Lt. Jon Egging
Flt. Lt. Jon Egging, in whose memory the Blue Skies charity was set up Credit: Ministry of Defence

Students from Priory Witham Academy in Lincoln will be presented with awards today to recognise their completion of the Blue Skies Programme by Red Arrows pilot, Flight Lieutenant Steve Morris.

The charity was set up in memory of Red Arrows pilot Jon Egging who lost his life in August 2011 whilst completing a display at the Bournemouth Air Festival.

The charity realises his dream of helping young people overcome adversity, identify their strengths and work towards their ambitions.

Twenty five students aged 13 to 15 from the Academy have been mentored through the nine session programme by inspirational individuals from RAF Coningsby, RAF Cranwell, RAF Scampton, RAF Wittering, RAF Waddington and MoD North Luffenham.

With the help of trained personnel from across the base, these level 1 and level 2 students have been guided through problem solving, teamwork and communication tasks, which will provide the Level 1 students with credits towards a qualification in BTEC Workskills.


Boston and Lincoln see biggest rise in food bank users

Food bank in Lincolnshire Credit: ITV Calendar

The number of people relying on food banks in Lincolnshire increased by ten times in one area.

A report by charities including The Trussell Trust found that food banks in Boston and Lincoln saw the biggest rises in the number of people seeking help. Meals were handed out to more than 10 thousand people across the county.

Watch: Rising numbers forced to rely on food banks


Man in hospital after found with head injuries in Lincoln street

A 41-year-old man found with a head injury in Lincoln is recovering in hospital where his condition is described as serious but stable.

The man, who has not been named, was taken to Lincoln County Hospital after he was discovered injured on the afternoon of June 2nd.

Three men, aged 22, 20, and 25, all from Lincoln, who were arrested on suspicion of GBH have been released on police bail pending further enquiries.

Detectives would like to hear from anyone who may have seen or heard any disturbance in the Belmont Street area around the time, or who saw the injured man, or who may have any information relating to the incident.

New Mayor of Lincoln elected

Mayor of Lincoln Brent Charlesworth, Kathleen Brothwell, Sheriff David Jackson, Barbara Jackson and Chief Executive Andrew Taylor. Credit: City of Lincoln Council

Councillor Brent Charlesworth has become the 808th Mayor of Lincoln.

He was officially elected during a ceremony at the Guildhall, attended by councillors and members of the public.

A former Sheriff of Nottingham and Lord Mayor of Nottingham , Cllr Charlesworth moved to Lincoln 11 years ago and became involved in local politics again when he was elected onto City of Lincoln Council in 2007.

Lincolnshire veterans' D-Day tribute canoe challenge

Two ex-servicemen from Lincolnshire, are among of a group of former soldiers, who are paying their own tribute to the heroes of D-Day by travelling across the English Channel to Normandy by canoe to mark the 70th anniversary of the historic assault.

Matt Almond, 37, from Lincoln and Richard Bentley, 50, from Stamford, are among the group of six setting off from Portland, Dorset today in three two-man canoes, enduring two nights at sea and paddling a total of 124miles, finally arriving at Arromanches-les-Bains, by first light on Friday.

Louth Cattle Market sale set for go-ahead

Cattle market Credit: PA

Controversial plans to sell Louth's Cattle Market site look likely to go ahead after East Lindsey District Council's executive board recommended the Council sell the land for redevelopment.

More than 4 thousand people from Keep Louth Special have signed a petition against the plans to sell the cattle market site for a supermarket.

But another group called Move Louth Forward say they recently conducted a survey of 230 residents, and say that the results of their survey show strong support for the plans.

They say that 82% of people would be more likely to use shops in the town centre if a supermarket was located nearby.

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