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Doncaster Market could be set to go musical this Christmas as traders fight for their slice of this month’s festive trade.

Plans have been drawn up to pipe the likes of Slade and Wizzard around the venue as part of a series of measures to help take on the other shopping areas in the town centre.

Traders are currently awaiting confirmation as to whether they can get a licence from PRS for Music, the organisation which represents musicians.

Also planned during the month is a visit from reindeer and and performances from a brass band, which will play festive music and Christmas Carols.

Market Traders Federation chairman Mick Maye said the move was intended to help attract more people to the market.

He said there had been music piped into the markets in the past, but it had not been done for several years.

He said: “We are waiting to get the music sorted out. There are speakers already in place but we need to get a licence.

“We’re waiting for a decision to be made on it.

“We feel it could be great asset to the market.”

Mr Maye said he said conc erned that some section of the market had so far failed to see any sign of a Christmas rush, although he expected there would be coach trips from several northern towns to the markets in the next few weeks.

The markets are trying to compete with other shopping centres as well as on-line retails and the traders plans are being put in place as staff at Doncaster’s giant Amazon warehouse prepare for what is expected to be their busiest day of the year.

Today has been dubbed Cyber Monday, as it is believed to be the day consumers will complete the most online transactions ever recorded in a single day.

They are expected to spend more than £500million, according to forecast s

Last year, shoppers spent of £456m, according to Sage Pay’s records.

Last year, Visa estimated that £10,000 was spent online every second on the day.

Amazon took on 100 staff this year to cop with the demand at its warehouse in Balby Carr over the Christmas period.

 

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