The Children’s Giant Think Tank at the Pop Up Market

Inside the former Square Bar, Market Rasen. Soon, 269 children's fishes & wishes will turn this empty space into a giant Think Tank, revealed at 3pm on our Portas Pop up Market on the 14th May

MR BIG is working with Market Rasen Church of England Primary School and Lincolnshire Co-operative to turn the former Square Bar into a giant aquarium. Chris Cocking, Foodstore Operations Manager, has secured permission for the MR BIG display team to use the vacant space as a popup art work and fill those big square windows with fish created by all the children at the school – so that’s 269 fish!

Each fish will be blowing a bubble filled with the child’s wish for Market Rasen. The fishes and wishes will create a Children’s Think Tank, which should look amazing and prove how much the children care about the future of our town.

The fish tank will be revealed at 3pm on Monday May 14th, to exactly coincide with the start of the Extraordinary Pop up Portas Market and school leaving time. Angela Montague, of Push Creativity who filmed the Market Rasen Portas Pilot video and came up with the idea, said “We hope The Think Tank will lead lots of families into the market as they want to see where their children’s fish are and prove a great talking point for the BBC team broadcasting from 4pm-7pm.”

There will also be a fun Fish Trail in which families visiting the market can take part. The trail will lead children and their parents along the high street to meet traders in the shops and cafes opening late to coincide with the Market. Children will have to spot the trader’s own fish, ask the fish’s name and jot it down on their trail sheet, which they’ll show to Louise at Garnett’s sweet shop, who has very kindly donated fishy themed treats to reward intrepid fish spotters! Children can also take a pit stop at The White Swan, where Tina will be providing free cups of squash.

Our MR BIG volunteer Rita started work today to create the Think Tank artwork

Headmaster, Andrew Smith of Market Rasen Church of England Primary School is very keen to involve the school with MR BIG’s vision for the revitalisation of the town and has arranged for prefects to select two finalists from each class on Friday this week to help the judges on the market day.

We’ll be sharing images from inside the bar as we create the tank, live on our Instagram stream:

The Pop Up Market, Think Thank and Fish Trail is a MR BIG PRODUCTION (the Market Rasen Business Improvement Group). It’s been made possible by: The children and staff of Market Rasen Church of England Primary School (fishes & wishes), Lincolnshire CoOp (use of the building and Think Tank prizes), The White Swan (free squash) Garnett’s Sweets (Fish Trail prizes). Lincolnshire Signs and Push Creativity (art materials), The High Street Traders on the Trail and the MR BIG volunteers: Angela, Vidge, Zoe, Caroline, Rita & David.


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