The Gurn managed a word with market organiser Michael Green yesterday and he was enthusiastic about the music element of the coming event. He told the Gurn:
“I think the biggest difference over the old markets will be the music component.
We have seven different bands all through the day at the Royal Bank corner, plus traditional folk jazz and Scottish music at Castle square.
It will be like a Nairn version of Rockness, except it's free!”
And there is a promise that the community can have input into shape of future markets in the town. He added:
“We will have a ANB meeting after the Market where people can come along and have their say and how they would like to see it develop.”
A regular market would certainly be a feature that would help bring a bit of life into a town centre which has been performing reasonably well in the face of adversity in recent years but is now, according to some, once again on the slip. Thus, Iain Bain returns to the theme of the town centre in his editorial this week. Well worth a read of the Leopold Street Thunderer if you haven’t secured your copy yet. He says among other things:
“We have always reckoned that a proportion of commercial properties in Nairn High Street would be empty at any one time and that there would be ongoing “churn” which would see them come back into use. Right now the place seems to be hit for six by a combination of retirement and recession.”
The organisers of the street market and businesses in the town centre will be hoping for a boost from the market in less than two weeks time. Here’s hoping the current spell of good weather continues right through until the 20th.