The Moroccan market due to open later this month in the former Ruddocks of Lincoln shop on the High Street has been cancelled by organisers Lincoln BIG.
As previously reported, a new Moroccan Souk was due to open on November 15 through to December 31, selling ceramics, wood, metal, leather and other products and showcasing how they are made.
Lincoln BIG announced on November 6 that the event has been cancelled due to “circumstances outside of our control”, despite negotiations with contacts in Morocco.
A message was received from a government official to say there was a lack of time for the person responsible for organising all the traders set to come to the UK to showcase and sell their products.
The official said: “It is with sadness that I have to inform you that the Director of La Maison d’Artisan Mr Aadnani informed me today that they cannot do the Exhibition in Lincoln, as he has run out of time to do so.”
Lincoln BIG’s Events and Promotions Manager Michael Armstrong said Lincoln BIG had worked with the Moroccan contacts many times in the past.
He said: “We always take great pride in organising the liveliest festive programme of events possible, taking care to include as wide a range of attractions as we can to delight local families and also to bring people from miles around into the city.
“We are devastated to have to cancel the Moroccan Market, as we know how many people had been talking about this attraction, but we have been forced to accept that it cannot go ahead.
“We are now concentrating on putting the finishing touches to other aspects of our festive programme of events, which still promises plenty of fun and enjoyment for local families and visitors.”