Where: Borough Market, Market Hall, 8 Southwark Street, London SE1 1TL
What is it?
This Christmas, Borough Market is inviting members of the public to spread the love by contributing festive messages and well wishes to a 400-metre-long paper chain. The chain is set to be the longest ever created in the UK and at least 100 metres longer than the height of The Shard (which stands at 306 metres).
The paper chain will be unveiled as part of the historic market’s official Christmas light switch-on, which takes place at 6.30pm on Wednesday 30th November. The chain will form the backdrop for Borough’s month-long festive celebrations, including a series of specialist foodie events, demonstrations, carol services and performances.
Those interested in taking part can head to the Market Hall on Monday 28th November, between 12pm and 3pm, to write their message on one of 500 pieces of responsibly sourced multi-coloured card. Alternatively, people from around the world can share messages on social media by tagging @BoroughMarket and using the hashtag #BoroughXmasWishes.
Those who would like to contribute, are also encouraged to make a donation to Borough Market’s chosen Christmas charity, Plan Zheroes, which aims to tackle food waste. Traders at the market donate surplus food at the end of trading on Saturdays, and have created over 50,000 meals for vulnerable people so far.
A professional team of artists will add the personalised chain ‘links’ to the installation, which will include more than 300 drops from a 100sqft ceiling of baubles, wreaths and lights. The last link of the record-breaking paper chain will be joined by Laura Hopper, CEO of Plan Zheroes, before she switches on the Christmas lights.
To add to the festivities, The Borough Market Choir will be performing on the evening, whilst visitors will be offered delicious mulled wine and warm home-made mince pies to get everyone in the Christmas spirit.
The event is free to attend and market traders will be creating special Christmas produce on the day including hot, mulled English cider, Christmas gingerbread, and nutmeg jam.
Borough Market is London’s oldest and most renowned food market. It is also the only fully independent market in London, owned by a charitable trust and run by a board of volunteer trustees.
More info: www.boroughmarket.org.uk