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The bells, the bells... golden girl Amy helps launch May Fair

Golden girl Amy Stringer (13) had a ticket to ride every single ride at Boston May Fair. And she got to take part in the official proclamation which launches the fair each year. Amy rang out the May Bells on the steps of the Gallopers in time-honoured fashion, signalling to the town that this year's festival of fun was under way.

Amy, from Butterwick, was this year's winner of the golden ticket - a special pass entitling her to ride every ride at the May Fair as many times as she wants.

She received her pass from Boston Mayor, Cllr Richard Austin, and Keith James, chairman of the Derby, Notts, Mid and South Lincolnshire Section of the Showmen's Guild.

The May Bells are used only once each year when they accompany the Mayor to the May Fair for the opening ceremony.

The fair runs until this Saturday and will be open from 11am to 11pm on Saturday and from 11am to 10.30 pm on weekdays.

The May Fair dates back to at least 1125 when it was one of the great trading fairs of medieval times. Merchants came from all over Europe to buy and sell at the Boston fair.

Over time the nature of the fair has changed to entertainment. The event has a Royal Charter and is surrounded by tradition and ceremony and is rated as being in the top five street fairs in the country.

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